NOTE: England, DON’T stop taking the knee or the idiots win

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COMMENT: England, DON’T stop taking the knee or the idiots win… retreating to the crass idiots would be weak and a mockery of the steps against racism

Please don’t let the idiots win. Please.

Stay on your knees and do so with pride. Do that, knowing what message you are sending is much more important than winning the European Championship.

Do so in the knowledge that it has nothing to do with politics, despite what some might have you believe.

Do so knowing that you are standing next to your partner and saying, “I’m behind you.” Just do that.

England players can’t stop kneeling after idiots booed the national team

Why should our wonderfully multicultural and ethnically diverse England squad bow to the bigotry that polluted Riverside Stadium on Wednesday?

We’ve longed for the crowds to return, but when the cheers started – too many people involved to dismiss them as ‘a few’ – you wished for a split second that the ground was empty.

Fortunately, the cheers were eventually drowned out by applause, but the damage was done.

Audible cheers were heard as players from England and Austria got on their knees before their friendly match

Audible cheers were heard as players from England and Austria got on their knees before their friendly match

It left a bitter taste and you only had to see Gareth Southgate’s face afterwards to understand how much of an impression had been made.

Yes, there needs to be a discussion about the long-term benefits of moving forward with the law. But to put an end to it now, despite idiotic objections, would be a worrying step backwards.

When players eventually decide to stop taking the knee, it must be done on their player’s terms, of their own volition. Not for fear of how some mindless individuals might react.

Gareth Southgate was visibly disappointed in the actions of thousands of supporters

Gareth Southgate was visibly disappointed in the actions of thousands of supporters

England players have clearly decided to continue including the knee in the tournament, illustrating their stance in Middlesbrough. Good for them – the vast majority of the population is right behind you.

If they stop now, they will have lost before the tournament even started. There is no shame in losing on the field. However, it would be a mockery to be beaten by clumsy, narrow-minded idiots.

Stay on your knees in the knowledge that every time you do, you will create an image that will have an impact on future generations, those who can truly foster a better society.

The crass idiots will win when the kneeling stops, England must not be weak and carry on

The crass idiots will win when the kneeling stops, England must not be weak and carry on

Sure, England’s players could declare themselves if they quit, issuing a collective statement saying they don’t want to do anything that would overshadow football.

But that would be weak, that would let the bullies win. Be stronger than that. The people you actually represent will love it.

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