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Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of failure of leadership in anti-racism row

  • Labour leader says Southgate has shown how to be a leader
  • ‘Johnson didn’t have the courage to stand by the England team’

Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of a lack of courage over his reluctance to condemn fans who boo England’s players for taking the knee and has told the prime minister that his “failure of leadership” undermined the team’s chances of success at Euro 2020.

The Labour leader, who believes that Gareth Southgate has shown Johnson how to be a leader, said no football supporter should boo their team and argued that backing the players in their fight against racism and discrimination should not be a difficult choice for those in positions of political power.

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