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England take the knee as the USA team remain standing at the World Cup


True to their word, the British team took a knee before their game against the United States men’s national team at the World Cup in Qatar. But many comment on the remarkable fact that the American team remained standing.

Last weekend, England signaled that its players intended to take a knee in protest against Iran’s continued oppression of its LGBTQ community, its recent assaults on women, not to mention the strict islamic sharia suppressing its people.

Some supporters of England’s act of taking a knee found the incident surprising, as taking a knee in protest was invented in the United States, but the USA team did not kneeling on Friday.

Social media users were shocked by the USA team’s decision not to kneel with their British opponents.

Yet others saw the act as just another example of empty virtue signaling:

Admittedly, England’s kneeling is rather empty compared to the actual members of the Iranian squad, all of whom risked serious punishment from their country’s leaders for refusing to sing the Iranian national anthem during of the World Cup.

Iranian players have risked prison, even torture and execution by speaking out against their own country’s civil rights abuses.

Compared to that, England’s kneeling looks a bit less prominent.

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