Starmer accuses PM of ‘trying to stoke culture war’ over taking a knee

Johnson accused of giving racism ‘the green light’ after refusing to condemn football fans who booed gesture

Boris Johnson tried to “stoke a culture war” by refusing to condemn fans who booed the England team taking a knee but has now found himself on the wrong side, Keir Starmer has said, suggesting the prime minister had treated racism as “a game”.

In response, Johnson sought to claim that he had never condoned the fans’ booing, and said the rules for football banning orders would be changed so people found guilty of online abuse could also be kept away from matches.

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