Piers Morgan has spoken out in support of the footballers who were booed for taking the knee at the beginning of Wednesday’s England vs Austria match.
The international friendly saw players from both teams kneel in a show of solidarity for the anti-racism movement – causing some fans at Riverside Stadium to start jeering them.
But Piers was quick to point out that, considering a large number of the England team are black, supporters should actually be supportive with their presence.
He also called upon the whole team to leave the pitch if such behaviour continues in the tournament.
The former GMB host , who is currently enjoying a break by his pool as he plans his next career move, wrote: “Disgusting to hear so many supposed England fans loudly boo a team with many black players for taking the knee to protest racial inequality, then loudly cheer one of those black players when he scored.
“Next time these idiots boo, the players should walk off.”
The furore during the match came after the Leicester City and Chelsea teams were booed for the same statement during the FA Cup final on May 15th.
Several Premier League matches also suffered the same issue, with Aston Villa centreback Tyrone Mings speaking out about the criticism after players were booed on May 23rd.
Celebrating his win against Chelsea during that match, Mings later wrote: “To anyone that booed us taking the knee, have a look at yourself and ask if you truly support equality and equal opportunity for the black players on the pitch.
“It’s tiring. Educate yourself.”
During Wednesday’s match, England went home the winners after beating Austria 1-0 in the friendly game.
However, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off with a mystery leg injury during the match.
He pulled up with a leg injury under no challenge late on into the Euro 2020 warm-up clash and needed the assistance of the England coaches as he walked around the perimeter of the pitch.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was the first England star to talk out about his teammate following the win and admitted to ITV he’s worried about the Liverpool right-back.
“It didn’t look good the way he was walking around the pitch,” said Grealish.