FA anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lack of support over knee booing during England matches during

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FA anger at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lack of support over knee popping during England games with government at odds with Three Lions team

The FA is unhappy with the government for failing to support them in their battle with England fans who booed players on their knees before last week’s European Championship warm-up matches against Austria and Romania.

In a row that threatens to overshadow England’s opening game against Croatia on Sunday, Gareth Southgate and his players have had to justify their decision to go ahead with the anti-racism gesture, with the response from government leading senior FA figures concluding that ministers deliberately taking a populist attitude to the feelings of the national team.

Boris Johnson previously said he opposes taking the knee because he prefers actions over gestures, and the prime minister’s official spokesperson has repeatedly declined this week to condemn fans for booing.

The FA is angry at Boris Johnson's lack of support in their battle with England's boo boys

The FA is angry at Boris Johnson’s lack of support in their battle with England’s boo boys

The Three Lions stars were booed by some fans in Middlesbrough for taking the knee last week

The Three Lions stars were booed by some fans in Middlesbrough for taking the knee last week

The Three Lions stars were booed by some fans in Middlesbrough for taking the knee last week

Several other senior ministers, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, have made it clear that they will not get on their knees.

The FA has not commented on the government’s stance, but several sources expressed disappointment with: Sports post that they seem to be taking a populist stance in what has become a divisive culture war.

Southgate discussed the matter again with the England leader’s group after the match in Austria and the side were unanimous in their decision to stay on their knees.

Gareth Southgate discussed his stance on this in an open letter to supporters this week

Gareth Southgate discussed his stance on this in an open letter to supporters this week

Gareth Southgate discussed his stance on this in an open letter to supporters this week

Southgate reiterated his stance on the Players’ Tribune website, and Jordan Henderson said: “If people are still being booed, there is still a problem. We must fight it and stand together.’

VACCIN passports will be used for England’s group matches at Wembley, with fans requiring two Covid vaccines or a negative lateral flow test result to attend.

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