Conservative MP boycotts England matches after taking the knee | Preservatives
A Tory MP has vowed to boycott England’s matches in the European Championship because of the players’ decision to kneel before the matches.
Lee Anderson, Member of Parliament for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, said that by kneeling, the England team supported a “political movement” and risked alienating “traditional supporters”.
“For the first time in my life, I will not watch my beloved England team as they support a political movement whose core principles aim to undermine our way of life,” he said in a statement. article on Facebook.
After the players were booed for taking the knee ahead of their game against Austria on Wednesday, England manager Gareth Southgate said the team would continue to do so throughout the championship and were “more determined than ever. “.
“We are very disappointed that this has happened. We are all trying to move towards equality and support our own teammates because of some of the experiences they have had in their lives, but people decided to boo, ”he said. “We are totally determined to support each other, to support the team, and we feel more than ever that we are determined to get down on our knees throughout this tournament.”
The players were again booed by a small number of spectators as they knelt before their victory in a friendly against Romania on Sunday.
Anderson said the FA and the England team made “a big mistake” and “now run the risk of becoming like Labor and this has nothing in common with their traditional supporters”.
“All forms of racism are despicable and should be eradicated – but it is not so,” he added.
As the players knelt ahead of the friendly between England and Austria, boos were heard from the crowd at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, although these were quickly drowned out by cheers.
Ahead of England’s game against Romania on Sunday night, former England captain Gary Lineker said: “If you boo English players for taking the knee, you are part of the reason players take the knee. “
Earlier in the week, Southgate said it was due to a lack of understanding on the part of fans. “I think we have a situation where some people seem to think this is a political position that they don’t agree with,” he said. “That’s not the reason why the players are doing it. We support each other. “
Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith, who represents Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, said Southgate’s comments were “an insult to the intelligence of the fans”.
“The fans understand perfectly well – they’re just sick of being preached and talked about. They are there to watch a football game, not to be lectured on morality, ”he said. “Find something we can all support and let go of this ridiculous, empty gesture.”
Others said they were appalled to hear the boos. Labor MP and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell called it “sickening”.
“It was racism and it should be denounced,” he said on Twitter. “If you support BLM [Black Lives Matter] is part of the crop war, so start it because you have to stand up against this new wave of racism. “