Inside the England Supporters Travel Club, where even the most dedicated are divided over kneeling


Last month’s first story generated an almost equal number of angry like or love emojis, along with dozens of comments indicating how much it had divided opinions.

One of them who drew a lot of support said, “I am all for a stance against racism but I will not support anyone or anything that shares its symbolism with a Marxist communist ideology.” If you want to take a stand against racism, then maybe stand arm in arm. “

Another highly regarded article read, “What about a calm, short and respectful gesture designed to keep the anti-racist message alive and well that gets some people so triggered?” For the life of me, I can not understand. Unless they don’t like the message of course.

One member was criticized for saying that it would be “good to take the sad gammon case into the ground”, while another posted: “The only way to stop it is to stop the perpetrators, to paste their faces all over the internet and press, take them to court and let the law take its course. But nobody does anything.

The second story sparked an inflammatory backlash from some, with one member being labeled a ‘jerk’ for posting, ‘If you have a problem with players taking the knee, you are a racist freak.

Another replied, “It’s that type of comment that means people don’t get into dialogues for fear of being labeled racists or some other lazy stereotype.”

An anti-booing member was also dubbed ‘so waking up hurts’, but much of the argument centered on whether the players kneeling down were simply an anti-racist move or amounted to an endorsement of. some of the most radical policies to emerge from the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“They may have changed the message slightly, but the BLM banners are still in the stadiums,” wrote one member in defense of the boos of the pre-match ritual.

The boos ahead of England’s game against Austria last week prompted everyone involved to “be stripped of their euro banknotes”.

Another member wrote: “The same people who say they should keep politics out of football are probably the same ones who sing ‘no surrender’ during the national anthem.”

But there was also a lot of support for the boos, with one member posting: “We’re all sick of getting stuffed down our throats.”

After Sunday’s game against Romania, group administrator FA member manager Richard Weekes called on fans to “make a point of encouraging the boys when they kneel” at the Euro.

But that elicited a largely negative response, including, “Zzzzzz any danger in talking about the game or do you want to continue not converting people who disagree with you?” They won’t be converted… let it sit.

After one member revealed he will turn his back when players perform the gesture instead of booing, another wrote: “A few did today, this is the way to go.”

When one of them then approved a Twitter post from Lineker attacking those who were mocking the ritual, it sparked personal attacks on the host of the match of the day.

An ESTC member agreed to speak to the Telegraph about the players’ booing for taking the knee.

Simon Harris, a nearly two-decade member who attended both Euro 2020 warm-ups, said: “The problem with the knee now is that it has become a thing that divides and you don’t. can’t dissociate it from politics, Black Lives Matter politics.

“So I wondered if it would be appropriate for all players to combine arms or come together, just a statement that says it’s not fair to abuse people because of the color of their skin, their religion or their gender, or whatever.

“But the players seem determined to keep kneeling and I’m afraid if the boos continue it could have an impact on the team.”


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