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Boos and shouts of “Free Palestine” heard during minute of silence during England-Italy match


Supporters at Wembley could be heard booing and shouting “Free Palestine” during the minute’s silence of the England-Italy clash.

UEFA confirmed ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifying match between the two Euro 2020 finalists that a minute’s silence would take place.


A minute’s silence was observed at Wembley for those killed in Belgium and IsraelCredit: Getty
A number of fans could be heard booing ahead of England's clash with Italy.


A number of fans could be heard booing ahead of England’s clash with Italy.Credit: Getty

This is due to the recent terrorist attack in Belgium, which saw two Swedish fans killed before their clash, as well as the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

In a social media post, European football’s governing body said: “UEFA can confirm that a minute’s silence will be observed this evening at all UEFA EUR0 2024 qualifying matches in memory of all members of the European football family killed in recent days in Europe and Israel.”

And as the English and Italian players remembered those who had lost their lives – as well as the majority of supporters in attendance – a few decided to boo loudly, while some were also heard shouting “Free Palestine”.

Manchester City defender Stones simply shook his head in disbelief, with social media going into meltdown.


One fan tweeted: “England fans can’t keep quiet and John Stones is shaking his head…”

Another said: “John Stones rightly said we can’t keep a minute of silence because of some assholes.”

A third added: “John Stones rolling his eyes and shaking his head at the hecklers during the minute’s silence was a thing of beauty. A first rate man.”

This user then remarked: “I love that John Stones was visibly annoyed by people shouting during the moment of silence.”

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Social networks criticized those who jeered during the minute of silence


Social networks criticized those who jeered during the minute of silenceCredit: Getty

An enraged fan online then messaged: “Who the hell is booing for a minute of silence for the people who were murdered?”

And this fan commented: “If you whistle and shout during a minute of silence you are a complete idiot. Disgraceful behavior!”

While another simply stated: “Why are the morons booing a minute’s silence.”

England came from behind to beat Italy 3-1 at Wembley, a result which seals the Three Lions’ place at Euro 2024.

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