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Two men were arrested at England's opening match of Euro 2020 against Croatia on Sunday for 'racially aggravated public order offences'.

The Three Lions got their campaign off to a winning start in Group D thanks to Raheem Sterling's second-half strike.

That had followed England's players taking the knee in a show of solidarity against racial injustice and discrimination prior to kick-off.

But it seems the gesture did not deter the two fans, which a Telegraph report claims were suspected to be England supporters, though their arrests are not thought to be linked to the team taking the knee.

Some sections of the crowd inside Wembley booed the gesture by the England players, who had the same response in both warm-up friendlies at the Riverside Stadium.

England's players took the knee before the match in solidarity against racism
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

This is despite the FA sending out a strong message beforehand, which read: "We encourage those that oppose this action to reflect on the message you are sending to the players you are supporting.

"Please respect their wishes and remember that we should all be united in the fight to tackle discrimination. Together.

"They will do their best for you. Please do your best for them.”

The report from The Telegraph claims that the two arrests were among 25 related to disorder in England and Wales over the weekend from 154 incidents, including 80 in licensed premises.

It is another disheartening blow to the FA and England's players, who are putting on a united front to try and combat racism in the game and greater society.

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Their decision to take the knee before matches has been met with significant criticism from some quarters, with many feeling the gesture has no place within football due to perceived political connotations.

Some fans are unhappy of the link between the gesture and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been the cause behind a number of violent protests.

However, England boss Gareth Southgate has continually stressed the reasons his team are taking the knee have nothing to do with any 'Marxist' political views, and insists his team will keep doing it.

In an open letter to fans before the tournament, he wrote: "Our players are role models. And, beyond the confines of the pitch, we must recognise the impact they can have on society.

"We must give them the confidence to stand up for their teammates and the things that matter to them as people.

"I have never believed that we should just stick to football .

"I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am but because of the position that I hold. I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players."

While the gesture was met with a series of boos on Sunday, the majority of supporters inside Wembley managed to drown out the jeers with applause.

BBC presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker has publicly condemned anyone booing the knee, but is confident the minority few will be outnumbered.

“It’s very difficult for us as middle-aged white people to comprehend what a young black person might go through growing up,” he told The Times . “We can have an opinion, but we can’t really know how much more difficult it may be for them.

“If people want to disagree then fine, but booing our players? Come on, that’s too much. I think most people are on board and understand, and the greater good will prevail.”

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