England fans slammed as ‘unbelievable’ for ignoring FA’s plea at Wembley

England fans have been slammed on social media for booing the German national anthem ahead of their showdown at Wembley.

The English FA pleaded with supports to show ‘respect’ ahead of the Euro 2020 round-of-16 clash, but a number of fans’ jeers could be heard throughout Germany’s anthem.

A bumper crowd of 45,000 brought Wembley’s capacity to half-full as Gareth Southgate’s side bid to reach the quarter-finals, but those watching at home were appalled as boos rang out as the visitors’ sang Deutschlandlied.

‘This is not British. It’s not sporting. You just don’t boo the opposing team’s national anthem,’ one Twitter user wrote. Another added: ‘Oh grow up, people booing the German national anthem.’

Several fans described the scenes as ‘pathetic’, ’embarrassing’ and ‘depressing’ as the German players were routinely booed throughout the first half.

In a statement released on Monday, the FA said: ‘England fans have played a vital role in supporting the team throughout this tournament and we thank you for positively getting behind them. It means a huge amount to Gareth, the team and support staff

‘Whether you are at Wembley Stadium, or watching from somewhere else, please support England in the right way, before, during and after the match.

‘This includes respecting each national anthem and the players’ choice to take the knee before kick-off.

‘We want you to be able to watch the match in a safe and enjoyable environment that’s free from any discriminatory or disrespectful behaviour.’

Germany started brighter but the Three Lions grew into the game towards the end of a nervy opening quarter.

Both sides were cagey in front of goal, but the best chance fell to Germany when Kai Havertz played in Chelsea club-mate Timo Werner but Jordan Pickford got down well to deny the striker.

Harry Kane’s quiet tournament continued in the opening half, but but England captain had a massive chance to fire his side in front just before the break.

Raheem’ Sterling’s run saw the ball break to Kane one-on-one off a German defender, but the Spurs star’s loose touch saw him lose control of the ball as the chance came to nothing.

However England would strike with 15 minutes to go as Sterling and Kane were involved as Shaw teed up the Manchester City star who fired Southgate’s side in front.

Kane would find the net himself minutes later to fire England into the last eight with a 2-0 win, their first over Germany in the knockout stages of a major tournament since 1966.

England will face Ukraine in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Original article 29.06.21 on the extra.ie website

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