REUTERS: Cambridge United supervisor Mark Bonner has criticised followers of the League Two (fourth-tier) membership who booed as gamers took a knee as a part of English soccer’s anti-racism stance earlier than their residence recreation in opposition to Colchester United on Tuesday.
Gamers in English soccer have been taking a knee since July, and whereas the gesture is intently related to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion the Premier League and Soccer League have now linked it to their very own anti-racism campaigns.
Different spectators within the stadium responded by attempting to drown out the boos with applause and Bonner mentioned he was disgusted by the behaviour of the small minority who had embarrassed themselves and the membership.
“It shines a light-weight on our membership for all of the improper causes,” Bonner informed reporters after Cambridge’s 2-1 victory.
“What was a extremely good night time for us on the pitch was overshadowed by an actual small minority that determine to boo in a second once we’re reflecting the values that everybody at our membership believes in.
“It is simply behaviour that is unacceptable in our membership. We do not need that in any respect.
“What’s most encouraging is the overwhelming majority drowned them out fairly rapidly with an applause and mirrored the values of our membership significantly better.”
Taking a knee was popularised by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and gathered steam as an anti-racism protest following the demise of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in Might.
Tuesday’s incident comes after Millwall followers booed gamers taking a knee forward of their second-tier recreation in opposition to Derby County at The Den stadium earlier this month.
Millwall supporters rejected criticism that their booing of the gesture was racist in nature and mentioned it was a protest in opposition to the ‘BLM’ motion’s political stance.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)