Government backs England players taking the knee – but not for Black Lives Matter

Government backs England players taking the knee – but not for Black Lives Matter

A cabinet minister has claimed Boris Johnson’s government does support the England players in taking a knee at the Euros this summer – but does not support Black Lives Matter. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was “only right that we back our team” when asked if the prime minister supported the England squad’s decision to take the knee before matches. But the minister said he wanted to “differentiate” between an anti-racism gesture and Black Lives Matter as a “political” movement. “The elegant way, quite passionate way, that the England manager Gareth Southgate put this is exactly where the prime minister is, where this government is,” Mr Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He added: “I think he articulated the emotions of young men beautifully and I think it’s only right that we back our team.” However, education minister Gillian Keegan claimed on BBC Question Time on Thursday night that taking the knee was “creating new divisions” in sport. “Do I think it’s symbolism more than action? Of course it is ... but we’ve seen it’s creating division.” She …
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