Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has taken aim at the fans who booed players taking the knee before the Premier League game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Teams have been taking the knee to highlight racial injustice since last summer, when Villa and Sheffield United players made the gesture in the first game after lockdown.
It has been a staple of matches ever since.
Villa fans were allowed back into Villa Park for the first time in over a year yesterday after coronavirus restrictions were relaxed sufficiently to allow supporters back into stadiums.
And 10,000 of them attended Sunday’s game, which Villa won 2-1 thanks to goals from Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi.
Ben Chilwell replied for the visitors.
But later writing on social media platform Twitter, Mings called out the small group of fans who protested against the taking of the knee.
“A great win to finish,” he said. “(It)… was brilliant to have our family and the fans back at VP.
“To anyone that booed us taking the knee, have a look at yourself and ask if you truly support equality and equal opportunity for the black players on the pitch. It’s tiring. Educate yourself.”
He followed-up his tweet with the message: “There was also a lot of applause by the way … & to you lot, I love ya’ll. Thank you…”
A fan replied, saying: “Me and my other half actively applauded and cheered to drown it out, and so did everyone immediately around me. Thank you for everything this season, Ty!”
And that was picked up on by Mings, who responded: “This was the best thing about today, the acknowledgment that the booing wasn’t acceptable and then the applause to drown it out.”