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England stars are booed again for taking the knee during World Cup qualifier in Poland as star Robert Lewandowski points to 'Respect' symbol on his shirt

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-09-09

England's players have been berated again for taking the knee as Poland star Robert Lewandowski risked the fury of his own fans after he pointed to the 'Respect' symbol during a chorus of boos.

The talismanic striker, 33, made the gesture while furious Polish fans made their feelings heard at Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy before England and Poland's World Cup qualifier kicked off.

Undaunted by the screeching crowd, England's players continued to take the knee as their public display of protest continues.

In addition to targeting the Three Lions' anti-racism protest, 'God Save The Queen' was nearly drowned out by the 60,000 whistling supporters in attendance.

It was the second time the Three Lions faced boos for taking the knee in the last week, having been berated by a hostile Hungarian crowd in similar circumstances in Budapest on Thursday, September 2.

Gareth Southgate’s team were left heartbroken right at the death on the night, as substitute Damian Szymanski headed in from close range in the 92nd minute after Harry Kane's 30-yard thunderbolt opened the scoring.

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Undaunted by the 60,000 whistling supporters in Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy, England's players continued to take the knee as their public display of protest continues
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Poland star Robert Lewandowski, 33, risked the fury of his own fans after he pointed to the 'Respect' symbol during a chorus of boos

The Polish players had previously refused plans to take the knee when the two sides previously met at Wembley in March.

The head of Polish football and UEFA executive, Zbigniew Boniek, has been an ardent critic of 'populist' symbol.

Speaking after his players refused to take the knee earlier this year, he said: 'This is clear populism because nothing is done because of it.

'Footballers sometimes kneel and if you'd ask some of them why they're kneeling, they wouldn't be able to tell you why.'

England manager Gareth Southgate has previously praised his side for taking a stand against racism.

He told The Players Tribune: 'I have never believed that we should just stick to football.

'I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am but because of the position that I hold.

'I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players.

'It's their duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.'

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