Nottinghamshire MP Lee Anderson to not watch ‘beloved England’ at Euro 2020 after players kneel
Ashfield MP Lee Anderson said he would not watch England at the UEFA European Championship “for the first time in my life” after the players got down on their knees before a match. warming up.
Mr Anderson’s comments come after England boss Gareth Southgate condemned fans for booing their team as they knelt before kick-off at Riverside Stadium in Middlesborough, where they won 1-0 against Austria in the first of two warm-up matches.
The incident happened before the game on Wednesday, June 2.
Mr Southgate stressed that the knee grip was not meant to take a “political stand”, but was rather an anti-racist gesture and a mark of solidarity between the players.
However, Mr Anderson, who represents the North Nottinghamshire constituency for the Conservative Party, disagreed.
He said: “The FA and the England football team made a big mistake by supporting the knee socket before football matches before the European Championships.
“The FA, the Premier League and the footballers now run the risk of becoming like the Labor Party and it has nothing to do with their traditional supporters.
“All forms of racism are despicable and should be eradicated – but it is not the right path.
“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.”
In a separate Facebook post on June 3, Mr. Anderson further responded to these, including former shadow chancellor of the chess board John McDonnell, who called the actions of some English fans “racist.”
He added, “Let me tell you John I think the vast majority of those booed fans last night aren’t racist.
“They are more likely to be decent working class people who love their football and don’t share the Marxist views of BLM.
“Also, I bet the majority of them are former Labor voters who now see through you. Good luck winning them back.”