England fans slammed for IRA and World War chanting against Germany
Gareth Southgate has called on England's fans to support their country "in the right way at all times" after deplorable chanting was heard during the friendly in Germany.
Lukas Podolski's wonder-strike secured the hosts a rather fortunate 1-0 win against the impressive Three Lions, with the match going ahead just hours after the Westminster terror attack.
It was a night of promise on the field for Southgate's men, but away from it some shameful chanting in the away end left a black mark against England's name.
After the German national anthem was booed, songs referencing the First and Second World Wars and the IRA were audible, mostly in the first half - something Southgate was asked about in the post-match press conference.
"To be honest, I didn't hear what was said but it has been mentioned to me," he said.
"Obviously our travelling support in terms of number and the way they back the team is brilliant.
"We would encourage them to do that in the right way at all times."
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Sure it's just a coincidence that the England fans were doing the actions to the 10 German bombers song during the German national anthem. pic.twitter.com/uiYHBzwDD1— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) March 22, 2017
England fans haven't sung one song about a player on the pitch yet. Just the War, the IRA and 'staying here to drink beer.' Classy.— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) March 22, 2017
I know offence is the whole point but what does it say about England fans that in 2017 they still always go for World War II and the IRA?— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) March 22, 2017
Honestly I don't find the War chants and the IRA chants amusing at all. England fans are an embarrassment https://t.co/eBbwb0PsPX— Arseneal (@AlexisIwobi) March 23, 2017
@pastelchalk England fans sung about the ira and WW2 vs Germany tonight. I hate them.— Aidan (@gingerculchie) March 22, 2017
It's 2017 and England "fans" still chant about the IRA.— Donny (@shamalamalad) March 22, 2017
German fans sing about players....England fans sing about world wars and the IRA— Kopite Dave (@kopitedave) March 22, 2017
People being killed on the streets in London. England fans singing songs about the war and IRA. What a bunch of fucking idiots— Ciaran (@CGMcM) March 22, 2017
Sounds like England were playing against the IRA and WW2 Germany tonight , here s me thinking it was a friendly football match . Scum fans— frankie (@SteinJock) March 22, 2017