Booing of anti-racism gesture reinforces need to take a knee

BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — What should be the perfect opening to England’s European Championship campaign — in its home stadium on a scorching summer afternoon — instead carries an element of trepidation about the reception the players will receive from their own fans. When players took a knee before both Euro 2020 warm-up games, the response from sections of England fans was booing. The disregard of the reasons for performing the anti-racism gesture has created a disconnect with many soccer fans viewing it as a political act.

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