England football supporters are divided over whether Gareth Southgate’s men should have removed their runners-up medals at last night’s Euros final at Wembley as soon as they were awarded them, with just seven stars keeping them on after the Three Lions’ crushing defeat by Italy.
The players were awarded their silver medals after their agonising penalty shoot-out defeat, but just seven members of the squad – Southgate, Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Aaron Ramsdale, Sam Johnstone, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson – kept them on.
Most of them appeared to remove their medals just moments after receiving them, to mixed reaction from their fans – with some slamming the ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unsporting’ behaviour while others insisted it is ‘standard practice’ to remove runners-up medals at sporting contests.
Actor and failed London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox slammed the England stars, calling them ‘kneeling babies’ and ‘sore losers’. He tweeted: ‘You don’t take your medal off in camera shot like it’s someone else’s fault that you took too many steps for your penalty. You lost. Pay your respects to those who beat you by waiting ten yards before you pull your medal off. Be gracious. Sore losers.’
One Twitter user posted: ‘I really don’t get why England players took off the medals so quickly and dismissively. Bad vibe x sport. They played well throughout the tournament. Period.’
Another viewer said: ‘Taking the medals off is EXACTLY why the rest of the UK don’t support England.’
But die-hard Three Lions fans defended the players, with one supporter tweeting: ‘Hardly childish… it’s the mentality of the the fact they still lost, why wear a medal for second place’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail