Adil Ray lambasted football fans who booed the German national anthem when they faced England on Tuesday at Euro 2020 and urged them to represent their country with “honor and class”.
On Thursday, Good Morning Britain, the presenter responded to guest Jeffrey Archer’s claim that the game, in which the Englishman triumphed 2-0, had a “friendly” atmosphere.
He added that people who may have watched the game from home may not have heard the taunts because “they turned up the music” to drown it out.
When co-host Kate Garraway revealed Adil was in the crowd, he shared, “My concern is this. It was absolutely fantastic but there were moments before the game.
“The knee boos we almost expect now, which is ridiculous, but there were the boos from the German national anthem and it wasn’t just by a few. I don’t think it got caught on TV because they turned up the music halfway through the boos.
“But I just thought it was contemptible. Jeffrey, I don’t remember this having happened in the past.
Archer said: “We have surely reached an age now where there is a whole new generation of Germans who should not be treated this way. What happened over a period of four or five years in Germany is not their fault. It was a magnificent game, it was a magnificent victory and let’s also applaud the Germans. ‘
Kate added that the boos were “horrible”, but agreed with Archer that “it was not the mood in the country”.
Adil added: “It’s because they drowned him in music. I felt so sorry for the German fans who have to go through this and they were so kind.
“At the end, when they lost, they were still waving their flags, it was amazing. What is winning in sport? It’s not really about putting the ball in the net, it’s about the reputation and honor of you and your country.
“If your opposition wants to leave thinking, ‘They just booed our national anthem, they sent xenophobic tweets to a young girl who was crying during the match.
“I know it’s only a small minority, but come on, what’s the point of supporting your team if you don’t do it with honor, class and decorum.”
English fans have already been criticized by Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand for booing the opposing team and against players who decided to kneel down to protest racial injustice.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6 a.m. on ITV.
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