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Gary Neville Defends England Fans Booing Opponents' National Anthems

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Gary Neville Defends England Fans Booing Opponents' National Anthems

Gary Neville has defended England fans who have been booing opponents' national anthems at Euro 2020, saying it's not actually disrespectful.

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England fans have been under the spotlight before and during the tournament, mainly because so many of the games have been at Wembley, much to the annoyance of Spanish media.

One thing that has been spoken about a lot is the fact that many inside the stadium boo when England's opponents have their national anthems played.

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It's something that splits opinion with some calling it 'disrespectful' but others thinking all is fair in love and war.

Former England right back Neville thinks that is simply just a tactic to unsettle the opponents and took to social media to defend the fans' actions.

However Neville does seem to be fighting against the tide when it comes to his fellow England legends, and in some examples fellow Garys.

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BBC presenter Gary Lineker also had his say on the matter, taking to social media to say, "If you're lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don't boo the Italian anthem.

"A/ It's an absolute belter and worth listening to. B/ It's bloody rude, disrespectful and utterly classless."

Booing could be heard during Denmark's anthem. Image: PA Images
Booing could be heard during Denmark's anthem. Image: PA Images

World Cup winner Geoff Hurst, the last man to score in a major final for England 55 years ago, also backed Lineker's sentiments.

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"I do sincerely hope that the English fans can behave with great respect," he told Good Morning Britain.

"We are talking about another country which is a fantastic country, a fantastic football country."

England fans have already got the FA in trouble, with UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings following the semi final victory over Denmark on Wednesday night.

The green light shone in Kasper Schmeichel's face before Harry Kane's penalty was the reason.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Gary Lineker, Football, Euro 2020, England, Gary Neville, Italy

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