‘I hope England lose in the first round of the Euros’: Laurence Fox slams ‘millionaire woke babies protesting inequality on £200,000-a-week’ amid row over fans booing footballers for taking the knee
- Actor Laurence Fox, 43, launched a Twitter rant to condemn footballers’ actions
- England squad knelt before Euros warm-up with Romania in anti-racism protest
- Act was met by boos from some fans in the crowd while others applauded team
- Fox branded footballers as ‘woke babies’ and said he hopes team is beat in Euros
Controversial actor and one-time Mayor of London candidate Laurence Fox hit out at England footballers as he joined the row over footballers taking the knee.
Fox said he hoped that England would lose in the Euros and branded the footballers ‘millionaire woke babies’ as he launched a Twitter rant after England’s warm-up game concluded.
The team was met with boos from fans when they knelt on the pitch ahead of their friendly clash with Romania on Sunday night at Riverside Stadium.
Footballers have taken to kneeling before every game for the past year in a defiant message against racism in all walks of life, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
After a minority booed the stance ahead of Wednesday’s win over Austria, manager Gareth Southgate urged fans to back the decision of his squad to show their solidarity against racism and inequality.
Actor Laurence Fox slammed the England squad for kneeling ahead of their final Euros warm-up against Romania on Sunday evening as the anti-racism protest continues to take place
Some England fans booed players kneeling before kick off against Romania on Sunday evening
All England players and all but two of the Romanian squad took the knee ahead of the clash
But the jeers returned to the Riverside Stadium for the second time in five days, where an experimental and inexperienced England earned a 1-0 victory through captain Marcus Rashford’s second-half penalty.
Despite the dissatisfaction from some members of the crowd, a number of fans tried to drown out the discontent with a round of applause for the players.
But 43-year-old Fox – who is best known for playing DS James Hathaway in Lewis – was left fuming at the act and shared his thoughts with his followers.
In a string of Tweets shared on Sunday night, Fox said: ‘I’m embarrassed to be British. I hope any team but ours wins in any future sporting endeavour.
‘Tell me a single thing to moderate my thinking? Millionaire woke babies protesting inequality on two hundred grand a week.
‘We deserve everything that is coming. Weak men. Weak.
‘My prayers are with Croatia, The Czech Republic and Scotland. Knock these woke English babies out.
‘My whole life I’ve wanted England to win at football.
Pictured: MP Lee Anderson has said he will boycott England football if players kneel
‘From a sofa with glandular fever during Italia 90 and Salvatore Schillaci, to a traffic jam in west London in an overheating mini listening to England beat Holland 4-1 in 96. Tw*tter rant over.’
Marcus Rashford, who captained England in Middlesbrough on Sunday evening, said of the booing: ‘It’s something we can’t control. We’re going to continue to do it.’
It comes as Conservative MP Lee Anderson said he would be boycotting England games until they stopped taking the knee.
Mr Anderson, who represents Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, said: ‘For the first time in my life I will not be watching my beloved England team whilst they are supporting a political movement whose core principles aim to undermine our very way of life.’
The 54-year-old said the FA and England team now ‘run the risk of becoming like the Labour Party and that is having nothing in common with their traditional supporters’.
The Three Lions have made the anti-racism stance in every match since international football resumed last year and will continue to do so despite some negative reaction when supporters returned on Wednesday.
Southgate and his players agreed on the decision to continue to take the knee as a gesture against racism and inequality despite the recent incidents, and he explained after the win that the stance will not change.
Gareth Southgate urged fans to get behind the players ahead of kick off in Middlesbrough
‘I think I sadly sort of expected what happened to happen,’ he said.
‘We’ve accepted that, as a group. It isn’t going to stop what we are doing and what we believe. It certainly isn’t going to stop my support for our players and our staff.
‘That’s it, we are going to have to live with that. We’ve said what we are going to say now.
‘You are right to ask the question today but moving forward, it is pointless me going into any further detail on that.’