Gareth Southgate against England fans booing Italian anthem
England is on the brink of its greatest international football performance in generations. Gareth Southgate wants to make sure the team’s fans get it right.
One day before the EURO 2020 final against Italy, the English coach warned spectators at Wembley against booing the Italian national anthem, as they did with the Danish anthem in the semifinals. He supported the idea of fans intimidating the Italians but said they should be respectful anyway.
From the evening standard:
“It is important that our fans always respect our opponents and we know that we are probably even more inspired when we play abroad and the fans boo our anthem. So I don’t think it will help the team.
“I think we can intimidate the team by booing during the game, but it’s different with the anthem. I think we should be respectful. “
English fans delivered some of the uglier moments of the European Championship in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Denmark. In addition to the whistle of the spectators from Wembley, booing Denmark’s anthem, a fan appeared to be using a laser pointer to disturb Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a decisive penalty. Fireworks were also set off in the stadium during the game, another no-go for UEFA.
You can see the booing here:
The English Football Association was eventually fined $ 30,000 for the behavior of its fans in the semi-finals. Another fine could be on the way for fans failing to heed Southgate’s plea.
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