David Baddiel: PM playing culture war game over support for England team

David Baddiel: PM playing culture war game over support for England team

Downing Street has not backed the players’ decision to adopt the anti-racism gesture, instead only issuing a statement urging fans to be “respectful” and saying the Prime Minister “wants the whole country to get behind” the England team. Players were met with boos by some fans when taking the knee at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough prior to the friendly matches against Austria and Romania last week. Players have rejected it is a political gesture and said the move is done to reinforce the message that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated. Football fan Baddiel released song Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) with Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds during Euro 96 and the track continues to be an anthem for England fans during major tournaments. Asked whether Mr Johnson should say something about the booing, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t know what Boris Johnson should or shouldn’t do. He probably should. “That’s what’s going to be in Boris Johnson’s mind, I think more than whether or not he should straightforwardly support the England team …
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