FANS SLAMMED FOR CHANTS

FA chair­man con­demns ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ Eng­land sup­port­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Eng­land fans nor the val­ues and iden­tity we should as­pire to as a foot­ball na­tion.”

Clarke added: “We are work­ing with the Eng­land Sup­port­ers Travel Club and speak­ing with the Foot­ball Sup­port­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (FSF) to come to­gether to ad­dress this is­sue.

“Every­one in­volved in the game has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that at­tend­ing a foot­ball match is a safe and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all.”

Ear­lier, the FSF also hit out at the chants, say­ing: “Over the last 20 years English foot­ball fans have built a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for our pas­sion­ate sup­port and the vo­cal back­ing we give to our teams.

“Un­for­tu­nately, lit­tle of the wit and imag­i­na­tion that goes into our club foot­ball songs is re­flected at Eng­land games.

“Eng­land’s trav­el­ling sup­port is made of peo­ple of all ages from a range of clubs, many of whom have worked hard in re­cent years to im­prove our stand­ing abroad and have ex­pressed con­cern to us about th­ese chants.

“We don’t want to regress to a sit­u­a­tion where that rep­u­ta­tion is tar­nished by the ac­tions of a mi­nor­ity.”

Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate, asked about the chants af­ter the match, said he had not heard them “but it has been men­tioned to me.”

“Ob­vi­ously our trav­el­ling sup­port in terms of num­ber and the way they back the team is bril­liant,” he said.

“We would en­cour­age them to do that in the right way at all times.” AFP

Eng­land fans look dis­ap­pointed af­ter their team’s de­feat to Ger­many in the in­ter­na­tional friendly in Dort­mund on Wed­nes­day.

Timo Werner

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