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England vs Germany: 'Morons' slammed for 'disgusting' act

England vs Germany: 'Morons' slammed for 'disgusting' act

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England coach Gareth Southgate has called on England’s fans to support their country “in the right way at all times” after deplorable chanting was heard during the side’s friendly against Germany on Thursday (AEDT).
Lukas Podolski’s wonderful goal secured the Germans a 1-0 win against the impressive Three Lions, with the match going ahead just hours after the deadly attack in Westminster, London.
It was a night of promise on the field for Southgate’s men but away from it some shameful chanting in the away end left a black mark against England’s name. Fans booed the German national anthem and as the home support rose in standing ovation when Podolski was substituted on his 130th and final appearance, they offered obscene hand gestures to wave him on his way.
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A section of England’s support group also chanted songs, mostly in the first half, referencing the First and Second World Wars.
Some fans sung 10 German Bombers, originally a patriotic children’s song written in WWII, but now considered highly offensive as it celebrates German planes being shot down.
Those watching were disgusted by the behaviour.
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“When you listen to several thousand morons singing about 10 German bombers, asking the German crowd if they have ever won a war and chanting about the IRA, you really do wonder about the state of our society,” Daniel Storey wrote for Football 365.
“No songs about the players on the pitch, no invention, just a bunch of oafs who think it is acceptable to taunt away supporters about a conflict that ended 72 years ago. Those that actually fought in that conflict not only don’t want you to sing about it, but probably feel entirely miserable that their valiant efforts have ended in people like you being allowed to travel abroad.
“Please don’t take me home is their other imaginative ditty. You read our f***ing minds.”
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The Telegraph’s Paul Hayward criticised fans for being “stuck in a time warp”, calling the chants “painful to behold”. The Mirror described the behaviour as “shameful” while The Sun called people joining in “idiotic fans” who “embarrassed themselves”.
Plenty of others were livid with the supporters’ actions.
Southgate was asked about these incidents in the post-match press conference.
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“To be honest, I didn’t hear what was said but it has been mentioned to me,” he said. “Obviously our travelling support in terms of number and the way they back the team is brilliant.
“We would encourage them to do that in the right way at all times.”
Southgate was also quick to remind Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford of his responsibilities as an England player.
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With Rashford heading straight down the tunnel at the final whistle, Southgate directed him back onto the pitch to acknowledge the travelling supporters.
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