Harry Redknapp said he ‘was all for taking the knee’ but thinks it’s time to move on (Picture: GB News)
Harry Redknapp has suggested that England footballers should stop taking the knee before their matches, wondering ‘how long’ they’ll continue.
England players, such as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, briefly knelt before their Euro 2020 fixture against Croatia at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Footballers have been taking the knee as a stand against racism in sports and have often received boos for the gesture.
Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star Harry appeared on GB News’ The Great British Breakfast on Tuesday and said it was time to find another way to raise awareness on racial discrimination.
‘I just wonder now how long we keep going for. I just don’t know now whether it’s to make a point,’ Harry told presenters Kirsty Gallacher, Darren McCaffrey and Nana Akua.
‘Anything that can eradicate racism out of sport I’m all for it. I hate it when people boo it, it’s not a good way to start a football match. I think it’s totally wrong to do that.
‘I was all for it at the start but now I don’t know whether they look elsewhere to [campaign],’ he said.
Harry, 74, also addressed Denmark player Christian Eriksen’s collapse during the team’s Euro 2020 game against Finland. Eriksen, 29, received CPR on the pitch and was resuscitated before being rushed to hospital. He has since reassured fans that he is doing well and undergoing further examinations.
England players took the knee before their Euro 2020 game at Wembley (Picture: PA)
Speaking on TGBB, Harry said: ‘We’re so lucky for him that it happened at a stadium where help was at hand, that’s the scary thing.
‘I was at Tottenham when Maurice Muamba collapsed and luckily there was specialists in the stadium that saved his life.’
The former footballer continued: ‘If it happened anywhere else when [Eriksen] was out at the park or with the kids, who knows what would have happened.
‘We need to make sure we have the right equipment at hand when these things happen.’
On more of a light-hearted note, Harry later said that while he ‘fancies’ England to win their next match this Friday, he reckons Scotland will make it a ‘tight game’.
The Great British Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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