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Few expected England fans to boo their own team at the start of this year’s European football championship, but that’s precisely what happened when the entire team took a knee in a gesture against racism and discrimination. As the team has progressed to the second round of the tournament, the cheers have largely drowned out the boos. But the apparent reluctance of some senior government politicians to support the team’s gesture — or to call out those doing the booing — has recharged the debate over racism in English sport and society.

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