Laurence Fox has apologised for saying he hoped the England football team loses at the Euros.
Laurence Fox has apologised for saying he hoped the England football team loses at the Euros after taking a knee.
In a series of sheepish tweets, the controversial actor-turned-politician wrote that he was “embarrassed to be British,” calling the England team “woke babies” and “weak men” because they knelt in support of racial equality in sports prior to a match.
Fox then followed up the initial tweet with another that read, “excellent” when England, or as he called them, the “BLM kneeling society,” was booed by the fans in the stadium for kneeling.
England fans - 2
BLM kneeling society - 0 https://t.co/KSonR7YdwZ
However, since England won their match against Denmark and is set to face Italy in the finals, Fox has once again taken to Twitter — but this time, to apologise for his aforementioned outburst against British football.
“Right. It’s hard to admit when you’ve made a mistake, but as I tell my kids it’s important to acknowledge it when you think you have,” he wrote. “So here goes. I have always been behind England in any sport and any English team in any competition.”
2 - I think England is the most fantastic country on earth. We have done so much to promote equality in this nation… https://t.co/cgmqSUdNSm
“I think England is the most fantastic country on earth. We have done so much to promote equality in this nation that people long to come here and make the UK their home. It was therefore disheartening to see the England football team kneeling for ‘equality,” he continued.
4 - But to say that I want England to lose just because of their kneeling, is a step too far. I should just have sa… https://t.co/sQkq5pGHdb
“I feel it’s a deep insult to those who work tirelessly for all the things we have achieved to become the genuinely inclusive, warm and welcoming society we are all part of,” he added. “But to say that I want England to lose just because of their kneeling, is a step too far. I should just have said what I felt about the kneeling and got on with supporting the team.”
6 - You can hate the kneeling and love the team, so that’s what I shall do.
I would love to see politics taken ou… https://t.co/NKmsOh1oIL
He goes onto say that the players “intentions are no doubt noble, even if I continue to categorically disagree with what they are doing, saying I want them to lose doesn’t serve any purpose, especially at a time when national morale could do with a boost.”
“You can hate the kneeling and love the team,” he added.