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FA Ask Wembley Staff To Play 'Loud Music' To Drown Out Booing When Players Take Knee

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FA Ask Wembley Staff To Play 'Loud Music' To Drown Out Booing When Players Take Knee

The FA have directed staff at Wembley to play loud music when players take the knee before England's remaining European Championship games in a bid to try and drown out the booing from a small minority of supporters.

Despite calls from Gareth Southgate and his players to show support ahead of kick-off, some fans continue to voice their displeasure at the anti-racist gesture - although the jeers have often been drowned out by applause during this summer's tournament.

The booing when players took the knee was heard loudest during England's opening Group D clash against Croatia and after that game, the FA directed the Wembley DJ to keep playing music until after kick-off, according to a report in The Daily Mail.

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Image credit: PA
Image credit: PA

Since that decision was made, the boos have been less audible during games against Scotland the Czech Republic.

The loud music will continue to be played when players from England and Germany take the knee inside Wembley on Tuesday night, with the FA also making it clear that anyone singing 'discriminatory and disrespectful' chants inside the stadium will be punished.

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Complaints have already been submitted to UEFA in recent weeks, with fans believed to have sung the Ten German Bombers song during a 1-0 win over Croatia earlier this month.

The FA state: "We always encourage our fans to positively get behind the team, and this includes supporting England in the right way, before, during and after the match.

"This message will be shared with them once again before Tuesday's fixture, as well as thanking them for their support.

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"We will also strongly condemn any behaviour at Wembley Stadium that is discriminatory or disrespectful, and we will take action where appropriate as we try to ensure all England matches are a safe and enjoyable experience."

Back in 2017, when England came up against Germany, fans were banned from the England Supporters Travel Club after singing the song in Dortmund.

England manager Gareth Southgate condemned the chant, saying: "It's unacceptable, completely unacceptable. We've moved on from those times, or should have moved on from those times. They don't represent us as a team, the people who do that."

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Topics: Football, England, FA, Germany, Wembley

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