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EURO 2020: Southgate cautions England fans against booing Italy anthem


Southgate on England fans booing Italy anthem

England head coach, Gareth Southgate, has advised British fans against booing the Italian national anthem during Sunday’s European Championship final at Wembley.

UK Metro reports that a section of Three Lions supporters have been jeering opposition teams’ anthems at their games at Wembley this summer.

Earlier this week, UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against England for fan ‘disturbance’ as Denmark’s anthem took place prior to kick-off in the semi-final.

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However, Southgate said that the boos tend to motivate the opponents rather than intimidate them, as such, the Three Lions manager called on fans to respect the Italians.

The England boss told reporters on Saturday: “It’s important that our fans always respect the opposition and we know that in actual fact when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it probably inspires us even more.

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“I don’t think it will help the team.

“I think we can intimidate the team with booing during the game but it’s different for the anthem and we should be respectful.”