The FA will target boo-boys with a video message about racism and equality ahead of England’s Euros matches
The FA will target the boo boys with a video message about racism and equality ahead of the UK’s opening match at Wembley after players were booed for taking a knee in warm-up games
The football association is hatching a plan to fight the boo-boys ahead of Sunday’s European Championship opener against Croatia at Wembley.
England’s two friendlies before the tournament, both held at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, were marred by cheers from supporters to players kneeling before kick-off.
And there is an acknowledgment to the FA that there will likely be a repeat of those scenes when Gareth Southgate’s side kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia.
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The FA devises a plan to fight the boo boys ahead of Sunday’s European Championship opener with Croatia met
England players were booed by some fans during their warm-up matches in Middlesbrough
But the governing body is working behind the scenes to avoid further fan discord.
Sports post has been informed that the FA plans to release a video message to be broadcast before and during the tournament. The video will highlight the fight for equality and unity and will also highlight social media abuse.
Senior figures at the FA will also speak publicly on the matter in the coming days.
Using the public address system at Wembley to project messages around equality is also under consideration.
The FA held talks with fan groups ahead of the European Championship, but there is an admission that their hands are tied over reprimanding booing fans.
Despite potentially discriminatory undertones, booing players who get down on their knees is not a criminal offence, making it difficult for the FA to take action against supporters.
The governing body is working behind the scenes to prevent further fan discord