Downing Street has urged football fans to be respectful of England players who choose to take the knee in a stand against racial injustice.
Boris Johnson's official spokesperson called on football fans to "get behind" the team at the upcoming European Football Championships which kick off on Friday and to support "individuals' rights to protest".
But he did, however, refuse to explicitly condemn supporters who booed members of the England team making the gesture in a friendly game against Romania on Sunday.
There may be many reasons why some football fans are inclined to boo and jeer this particular demonstration of fashionable obeisance. They may boo the divisive totalitarian politics associated with it or they may simply find it creepy. Maybe because it is creepy.