Anthony Joshua says taking the knee is “not a political position”
Anthony Joshua has offered his support to the England football team after his players have gone to their knees in every EURO 2020 game.
The gesture, made by athletes across the sport as an anti-discrimination message, sparked backlash in the run-up to the competition, with a certain minority of fans booing the England squad in the friendlies of pre-tournament.
In addition, British politicians Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel also criticized the symbol, the latter saying she believed it was a “policy of gestures”.
But, talking to The Gary Neville OverlapUnified heavyweight champion Joshua dismissed any inference that this would have political significance.
“For me, this is not a political position,” he said. “I had to learn what happened and what happened even more last year and this year, than ever before, to understand that it’s just for a change for the better.
“I feel like the players and the teams have done a great job of explaining the reasons for getting down on their knees and as a fan whether you are there for it or not you are there to watch the team to win.
“Some people are aware, some people have learned more recently. But like I said, it’s good that the explanation is clear as to why a knee is caught.
“The importance of supporting your teammates and your players, emotionally you are with them through thick and thin. That’s all the point, it’s loyalty. The reason that has been explained for their kneeling is to raise awareness of a problem that has been happening.
“It’s not political, it’s not about funding anything or funding anything. Change wants to be done for the better. For the betterment of my children, probably your children , probably the person down there is going to cause war. “
“I would take a knee, 100% I would. I would anyway.”