Rio Ferdinand criticizes ‘ignorant’ England fans kneeling their own players as Manchester United legend insists the gesture is NOT political before begging supporters to get behind Three Lions for Euro 2020
Rio Ferdinand has criticized ‘ignorant’ England fans for booing their own players for kneeling, while the former Manchester United defender insisted the gesture is ‘not a political stance’.
Three Lions fans defied Gareth Southgate’s wishes and once again chased the team before kneeling for the kick-off against Romania on Sunday.
Soccer players have knelt before every game for the past year in a defiant message against racism in all walks of life following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
Rio Ferdinand has criticized ‘ignorant’ England fans who continue to laugh at their own players
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However, the return of supporters to football pitches has led to the message being opposed by some fans in the stands, and despite Southgate urging fans to respect the players’ gesture, some chose to captivate when Marcus Rashford & Co fell to the knee just before kick-off. at the Riverside Stadium.
The kneeling gesture is also used by the Black Lives Matter organization, and those who oppose the kneeling argue that the stance has political connotations.
And former England defender Ferdinand, who was racially abused at Molineux for Wolves vs. Manchester United in the Premier League has called on supporters to find out about the team ahead of the European Championship.
“These fans, these ignorant people who go to these games, have no idea,” he said in his podcast. Atmosphere with five. “They don’t know what the players are kneeling for.
Dissent voices claim kneeling has political connotations linked to the Black Lives Matter organization
But Ferdinand insists the attitude is not political and fans should stand behind their own players
“They kneel to injustice, they kneel to… to make sure that certain situations are remembered and emphasized and handled appropriately.
“It’s not a political position. All those ignorant people going “it’s politics, the BLM is a political movement” has nothing to do with that, so get that out of your head.
‘It’s not political. The players, the England national team manager, have held press conferences, they have made advertisements saying: “This is not a political campaign, the reason why we kneel has nothing to do with politics”. So it has nothing to do with that.
“This position is about anti-racism, people being treated appropriately and with respect, not because of the color of their skin. There is no valid reason anyone can give me for booing.
Ferdinand added that manager Gareth Southgate and his players have made it clear that the gesture is not political and is adopted to highlight racial and social injustice
“They’re supposed to be here to help our team. The intention is that they want to help our team move forward. The players’ story surrounding this kneel has nothing to do with politics, so please support this team.
‘Support these players. They don’t want injustice, they don’t want people to be judged by the color of their skin and they kneel before that, so why care? Please, I don’t understand.’
Southgate said before kick-off on Sunday that the team will remain steadfast in their stance and hope to unite the country in the future.
“We have no control over the response, but we are very clear about our position, we are completely with the players,” he told ITV Sport. “We are united with the staff and the playgroup. We hope to unite people with this.’
Looking back on the most recent episode of booing, ITV pundit Ian Wright remains adamant that those against kneeling can still be educated on the subject.
“You focus on the game, but you still explain and they still captivate. You still have to try to reach those people,” he said at halftime.