The Labor Party has launched a petition to encourage Conservative MP Lee Anderson to continue his boycott of England’s soccer match ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
The Ashfield MP has refused to watch England matches in protest as the players knelt before kick-off.
Labor has brazenly suggested that he has been the jinx all along, warning him not to ruin England’s chances on Sunday by changing his stance for the final.
England players, while making it clear that kneeling is solely to support the fight against racism, have received boos from some sectors of the fans before games.
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Anderson defended his position in a video posted on his Facebook page.
“I don’t like the kneeling business, I think it’s associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.” Anderson said.
Mocking the Conservative MP’s stance, the Labor petition reads:
Sulky Tory MP Lee Anderson hasn’t been rooting for England’s heroes like the rest of us because he doesn’t like their simple act of anti-racism.
“Since Anderson was born in 1967, we think that maybe he has been the jinx from the beginning.
“Getting to our first final since before he was born is a great feeling. But it’s not enough.
“We want to finish the job on Sunday.
“So we say: Anderson, stay away, do the housework, watch Midsomer Murders, whatever.
“And continue your pathetic one-man boycott for one more game.”
This is one of the best things I’ve seen Labor do in years. https://t.co/f4eJLgpVOM
– Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) July 9, 2021
Anderson seems ready to continue, saying, “It is your choice to kneel, and it is my choice not to watch the games.”
However, the 54-year-old added: “I will check my phone for updates to see if they have scored and cheer if they have.”
“I hope they win and I hope he gets home.”
England reached their first major tournament final in 55 years after a 2-1 win against Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-final at Wembley.
In a widely praised article for The Player’s Tribune ahead of the tournament, manager Gareth Southgate said that players had a duty to raise awareness “about issues such as equality, inclusion and racial injustice.”