‘If they kneel again today, I’ll be an Italian for eighty minutes’ – social media storm ahead of England rugby showdown
It’s been a hot talking point all week in the build-up to today’s clash at Twickenham – but England rugby finds itself at the centre of a social media storm again this afternoon.
Dozens of users on social media have argued in recent days about whether the players should be taking a knee ahead of the clash against Italy at the home of England rugby.
Most of the England squad did last week, with a few exceptions and the majority of the Scotland team staying standing.
We’ve compiled some of the most recent tweets that condemn the player’s decision to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that promotes racial equality – as well as a number of posts backing the stance from the team.
This is a move that has been replicated across a number of sports, most notably in Premier League football.
many of England’s players chose to take a knee last week
The debate has once again flared up this morning as we enter Round 2 of this year’s Six Nations. Here was what some fans had to say on social media.
If England kneel again today I’ll be an Italian for eighty minutes.
— Parkerbats. Build Better Backs. (@Parkerbats) February 13, 2021
For all those who will froth at the mouth if any rugby players kneel over this weekend. https://t.co/w1KApAJT56
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) February 13, 2021
— Swedish Metal (@ClintonBaptis12) February 13, 2021
The England team management and most of the players support BLM. Is it a qualifying requirement to declare your political beliefs and affiliations in order to be picked for England? It certainly looks like it. https://t.co/GGyCt8nAYc
— THE ENQUIRER (@_TheEnquirer) February 13, 2021
Is the Rugby kneel-a-thon on today? I’m not watching until they stop.
— Soulboy73 Trump forever 🏴 (@Soulboy731) February 13, 2021
The Scotland national team were criticised last weekend when many of their players chose to remain standing in the lead up to their stunning victory over England rugby.
Scottish rugby responded by saying it was up to individuals to decide how they marked the moment.
They also went on to say that it, “fully supports” efforts to stamp out racial inequality. They also said that a similar gesture would be made for today’s clash with Wales at Murrayfield.
one fan suspected that Stuart Hogg may have been one of the Scotland players who didn’t kneel
If he was one eh the scumbags that didnt take the knee then hes no Hibby https://t.co/HrvNN56wrU
— Lewis Fraser (@LewisGFraser) February 8, 2021
There will be a similar move from England rugby before today’s game in which players will be given the opportunity to take a knee at kick-off before their game with Italy.
Anthony Watson spoke out on the issue this week, watch in the press conference video below
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