Is 'taking the knee' a moral, political or religious gesture?
Hungarian school children need to be educated
Watching the dismal Hungary v England game on Saturday, which resembled a Simpsons’ interpretation of what football is like, I was struck by how riled one of the presenters got because the home fans booed England players taking the knee. If the Hungarians had done the same with their opponents’ national anthem — which England fans often do — it would have attracted less anger and bewilderment with the UK media.
It was especially offensive because the game was attended mostly by school children, as punishment for racism at a previous game against England. But whether adults or kids, England players expressed disbelief as to why anyone would object to the gesture; for Gareth Southgate, taking the knee is simply a statement against racism, and so booing it is, therefore, to express support for racism.