Englands players take a knee before kickoff in World Cup match against the US
Members of Englands soccer team briefly took knee before playing the USMNT
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Members of Englands mens soccer team took a knee in protest prior to the start of itsWorld Cupmatch against the United States.
Englands players also took a knee for several seconds prior to its matchagainst Iranon Nov. 21.
According to the AS sports news website, at least three members of the team were demonstrating against discrimination and racism. The players were also believed to be making a statement about inclusivity.
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Mason Mount of England takes a knee prior to kickoff during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and USA at Al Bayt Stadium Nov. 25, 2022, in Al Khor, Qatar.(Elsa/Getty Images)
England coach Gareth Southgate previously mentioned that his players would be taking a stance in Qatar.
We feel we should, Southgate said following the Iran match. We think its a strong statement that will go around the world, especially for young people, that is important.
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Meanwhile, as Irans players took the field for their match against England, players remained silent as the countrys anthem was played in an apparent show of support for protesters in their home country.
Some players were seen making thumbs-down gestures as well, according to Reuters.
English players take a knee before kickoff during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match against the U.S. at Al Bayt Stadium Nov. 25, 2022, in Al Khor, Qatar.(Julian Finney/Getty Images)
A former member of Iransnational soccer teamwas arrested earlier this week for criticizing the Iranian government.
Voria Ghafouri was arrested Thursday for insulting the national soccer team and propagandizing against the government, according to the Associated Press. Ghafouri had not been selected as a member of Irans 2022 World Cup team.
Mason Mount of England takes a knee before a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match against the U.S. at Al Bayt Stadium Nov. 25, 2022, in Al Khor, Qatar.(James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images)
The referees at the USA-England game did not seem to acknowledge the demonstration, and the game kicked off at its scheduled time.
Some fans took to social mediato express their feelings on the matter.
FIFA hasprohibited teams from wearing armbandsthat promote human rights or protest Qatars position on human rights.
Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.