Boris Johnson urges England fans not to boo players taking the knee

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Boris Johnson has called on England fans to get behind the national team and not boo players who take the knee in protest at racial injustices.

Downing Street said the prime minister “respects the right of all people to peacefully protest”.

A spokesman added: “The prime minister wants to see everyone getting behind the team to cheer them on and not boo.”

Mr Johnson had been under pressure to set out his position after former prime minister Gordon Brown said it was time for him to offer public and unequivocal backing for the England players’ protest.

Boris Johnson urges England fans not to boo players taking the knee