Fans at Wembley appear BOO Leicester and Chelsea players are taking the knee just before FA Cup kickoff, while social media condemns ‘idiots’ opposed to anti-racism gesture
- Fans seemingly booed Chelsea and Leicester players for taking the knee
- A bit of boos was heard when both teams made the gesture for kick-off
- They were then drowned out by loud cheers before the FA Cup final started
- Wembley welcomed 21,000 spectators in a pilot event run by the government
Fans at Wembley for the FA Cup final seemed to loathe Chelsea and Leicester City players when they took the knee just before kickoff.
There was a bit of booing as both players, the coaching teams and the game officials made the anti-racism gesture, which has become a common action for all football matches in England since last summer.
That booing was then drowned out by loud cheers seconds later, before Michael Oliver officially kicked off the cup final at the iconic stadium.
Fans at Wembley seemed to chase away Chelsea and Leicester players who took the knee before kickoff
A bit of boos was heard when both teams made the gesture for kick-off
Wembley has welcomed 21,000 supporters for the pilot event set up by the government as they begin relaxing lockdown measures on their roadmap to return to normalcy.
However, some spectators were not happy to see the two teams taking the knee, leaving many online perplexed at the reaction.
One fan revealed he was delighted to hear from fans at Wembley, before being quickly appalled by those shouting out the gesture initially introduced as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fans online lashed out at that booing at the national stadium before the FA Cup final kicked off
The Twitter user wrote, ‘Some idiots boo players when they take a knee and I’m reminded people are idiots too. We can’t always have a perfect picture, lol someday. ‘
Another couldn’t believe what they heard, claiming that fans ‘don’t deserve’ football.
‘They don’t feel like getting the hang of it. This is why people don’t deserve football, ‘they tweet.
Other Twitter users also showed their fear.
Were they really the players who mastered there? Much grief, ”one added.
Both sets of players, coaching teams and match officials made the gesture for kick-off
Grabbing the knee has become a common practice for all matches in England since last summer
In February, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha became the first Premier League player to stop taking the knee and instead opted for the eight-second interval, claiming that taking the knee had become “ humiliating ” and all meaning , while a number of EFL clubs made the same decision to drop the gesture.
Zaha explained: “There is no right or wrong decision, but personally I feel like kneeling has just become part of the pre-match routine.
Right now, it doesn’t matter whether we kneel or stand, some of us are still being abused.
“I know there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes with the Premier League and other authorities to make changes and I fully respect that. I also fully respect my teammates and players at other clubs who continue to master.
‘As a society, I believe we should encourage better education in schools and that social media companies should take more vigorous action against people who abuse others online – not just footballers. I just want to focus on football now and enjoy playing on the field again. I will stand. ‘
Zaha became the first Premier League player to fail a game in February
Speak on the On the Judy podcastZaha said, ‘The whole kneeling – why do I have to kneel in front of you to show that we matter? Why do I even have to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my top to show you we matter? These are all humiliating things.
“When people are constantly wanting to turn me into Black Lives Matter talks and racial talks and I’m like, I’m not just doing it so you can say ‘Zaha spoke for us’. Actually as a check box.
‘I won’t do it anymore unless things change. I’m not just coming to talk to you like all the interviews I’ve done. All these platforms – you see what happens, you see people create fake accounts to constantly abuse black people, but you don’t change it.
So don’t tell me to come and talk about things that aren’t going to change. Change it. All those things that you all do, all those charades don’t mean a thing. ‘