FA writes to fans urging them not to boo when England play Scotland

England plead with fans not to boo players taking a knee OR the singing of ‘Flower of Scotland’ during national anthems at Wembley at Euro 2020 in a message calling for ‘respect’ after the Scots agreed to kneel with England’s stars

  • England face Scotland at Wembley in Euro 2020 on Friday night
  • Scotland will join England in taking the knee as a show of solidarity
  • The FA have written to fans to ask them not to boo when players take the knee
  • The letter also asks fans to respect both teams’ national anthems 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

The FA have written to England fans urging them not to boo when players take the knee in Friday night’s crunch Euro 2020 clash against Scotland at Wembley.

Scotland’s players and coaching staff have been standing together against racism and discrimination before matches but have agreed to take the knee with England in a show of solidarity.

Boos rang out when England players took the knee at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium before their two Euro warm-up matches and while some heard before the Croatia match at Wembley, they were largely drowned out by cheers and applause.

England players take the knee ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday

One fan is seen booing as players take the knee at Wembley, though boos were barely audible

Scotland are expected to have around 3,000 fans in the 22,500 crowd at Wembley, and the FA letter also urges fans not too boo their national anthem and to ‘support England in the right way.

The letter reads: ‘On behalf of the manager and the team, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the fixture. This includes showing respect to each national anthem before the game. We are playing at home and we need the supporters to fully get behind the team.

Scotland players stand against racism and discrimation ahead of their first match

‘We are very pleased that both England and Scotland players will demonstrate unity when they take the knee ahead of kick-off. We thank the Scottish team for this showing of solidarity as together we highlight our common values of respect and equality. Please do respect the players when they take the knee as they continue to highlight and challenge discrimination, in all its forms.

‘Football is about celebrating pride and passion, not shouting abuse or discrimination. We hope everybody enjoys the day and shows their support in a way that will do their country proud, both inside and outside of Wembley Stadium.’

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