Players booed while taking the knee ahead of England vs Austria

England and Austria players were met with some boos when taking the knee on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

There were loud boos at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night as England and Austria players took the knee in an anti-racism demonstration ahead of their international friendly.

Applause then seemed to combat the boos but both the positive and negative reactions continued until the players returned to their feet.

This comes after players were booed while taking the knee at the start of the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea and at some Premier League matches on the final day of the season.

Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings started the game for England and has spoken out about the issue already.

After there were audible boos before Aston Villa’s win over Chelsea on the final day of the Premier League campaign, Mings reacted on Twitter.

The centre-back wrote: ‘To anyone that booed us taking the knee, have a look at yourself and ask if you truly support equality and equal opportunity for the black players on the pitch. It’s tiring. Educate yourself.’

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Last week the Telegraph reported that the FA were coming up with plans to encourage fans not to boo the anti-racist demonstration, including a film explaining why players are continuing to do so and will do this summer.

The Daily Mail reported last week that the England squad would decide on whether they will continue to take the knee before games during their pre-tournament camp.

The expectation was that the Three Lions would indeed continue to do so.


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