Gareth Southgate condemned the supporters who booed gamers as they took a knee forward of England’s 1-0 victory towards Austria of their first Euro 2020 warm-up.
Round 7,000 followers had been in attendance at Riverside Stadium for the primary of England’s two warm-up video games and loud jeers had been audible earlier than being drowned out by the applause of different supporters.
It was the primary time England’s gamers have taken the knee in entrance of a house crowd after Southgate held discussions with the squad in March over whether or not they needed to proceed making the gesture.
Southgate mentioned he was upset in these accountable and reiterated that the gesture will not be related to any political motion.
“I did hear it,” Southgate mentioned after England’s victory. “It’s not one thing on behalf of our black gamers that I needed to listen to, as a result of it feels as if it’s a criticism of them,” mentioned Southgate.
“I believe we now have bought a state of affairs the place some folks appear to assume it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with. That isn’t the explanation the gamers are doing it. We’re supporting one another.
“So, I used to be happy that was drowned out by nearly all of the group, however we will’t deny the truth that it occurred.
“I believe an important factor for our gamers to know is that each one their team-mates, all of the workers, are absolutely supportive.
“I believe nearly all of folks perceive it. I believe some folks aren’t fairly understanding the message, and I suppose we’re seeing that throughout various soccer grounds in the meanwhile.”