The England FA have urged their fans at Euro 2020 to respect the German national anthem as well as when the players are taking a knee. England takes on France in the round of 16 at Wembley with over 40,000 expected at the venue. The crowd is expected to be the largest crowd for more than a year in England. In the opening game against Croatia, a section of the crowd booed the national anthem.
“England fans have played a vital role in supporting the team throughout this tournament and we thank you for positively getting behind them. It means a huge amount to Gareth, the team, and support staff.” the FA statement at Euro 2020 said. “Whether you are at Wembley Stadium, or watching from somewhere else, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the match.”
“This includes respecting each national anthem and the players’ choice to take the knee before kick-off.” the statement added. “We want you to be able to watch the match in a safe and enjoyable environment that’s free from any discriminatory or disrespectful behaviour.”
The FA have also released a video reminding the England fans that taking a knee was a fight against social injustice rather than a political stand. They made it clear that it was “aligned to a political organization or ideology”. There were boos from a small section of the crowd in the warm-up games as well.