This year’s Euro 2020 tournament has become a national topic of conversation in the UK – but it’s not just about football.
Wembley Stadium in London hosted seven Euro 2020 games before England lost to Italy in a penalty shootout in the final; it was an advantage that helped to convince English fans that “football is home” by referring to the song “Three Lions” written in England. 1996 European Championship.
As Gareth Southgate repeatedly knelt before each match, both before the tournament and in England, the English players showed their support for anti-racism.
The gesture was made by some fans, especially during the two friendly matches before EURO 2020, as well as during the opening match of England with Croatia. It was a familiar sound for Premier League players kneeling before the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea in May.
The English footballers watch the penalty shootout in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England on July 11, 2021 at Wembley Stadium.
England’s footballers lost the Euro 2020 final. But they might yet win the culture war:
In June, British Home Secretary Priti Patel accused the national team of kneeling and engaging in “gesture policy”. He told GB News that fans have every right to vote for the players, adding: “It’s definitely an option for them.” The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, along with other members of his government, could not condemn such supporters.
However, when Italy defeated England in this penalty shootout, the hostility of some fans re-emerged in the form of an online race attack targeting English players Marcus Rashford, Bucayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after each missed penalty.
Patel tweeted that he was “disgusted” by the aggression and only demanded that the British international Tyrone Mings summon the British Home Secretary.
“You can’t ignite our anti-racism message at the beginning of the tournament with the ‘Movement Policy’ label, and then you can act disgustingly when we campaign,” he wrote on Twitter. .
Patel and the Home Office declined to comment on Mings’ post when it reached CNN, instead citing a tweet and comments condemning racial abuse against British players in the House of Commons on Monday.
Johnson and his cabinet are now plunging themselves into a cultural war with potential political consequences.
‘An undeclared war for the awake’
Political analyst Tim Bale told CNN Sport that Prime Minister Patel “and some other government lawmakers have misjudged the situation. Johnson may find himself on the wrong side of history while trying to use cultural wars to strengthen his power. It’s too early.”
“Cultural Warriors are so anxious not to go to the wrong side that they have refused to condemn those who booed the kneeling English players, and I think they have in fact misjudged the national mood on the subject.” Bale is a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London.
“It’s easy to see why they’re doing this, because they’re judging an undeclared war while they’re awake,” he said.
Ian Blackford spoke during the Prime Minister’s questions at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
The opposition Labor Party claimed that the government’s initial inaction had inspired continued racial exploitation of players.
“Let me be clear. The prime minister and the interior minister have licensed racists who booed players in the UK and now racistly harass British players,” he said.
He added, “@BorisJohnson and @pritipatel are like those who complain about pouring petrol on firefighters.
Similarly, at the weekly Prime Minister’s Question Meeting, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said Johnson had given the “green light” to racism and tried to ignite a “culture war” on kneeling players.
Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party Westminster, went even further, commenting on Johnson’s use of racist language in the 2002 Daily Telegraph while working as a journalist. Johnson then apologized for hurting people.
“Can the prime minister think what sanctions would be appropriate for someone who sends us racist content, and is it even shocking to say this out loud, describing Africans as ‘picnics waving laughter watermelon flags’?” Blackford asked Johnson at PMQs on Wednesday.
“This Prime Minister’s legacy after the dog whistle took him to Downing Street 10 and now it sits at the center of the Tory government,” Blackford said.
A spokesman for No. 10 told CNN on Friday: “The prime minister is ready to leave before England’s first game.
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