English FA condemns 'insulting' fan chants at Germany game

The Associated Press
Germany's Lukas Podolski celebrates with his teammates Leroy Sane, left, and Andre Schuerrle, right, after scoring the opening goal during the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)

English FA condemns 'insulting' fan chants at Germany game

Germany's Lukas Podolski celebrates with his teammates Leroy Sane, left, and Andre Schuerrle, right, after scoring the opening goal during the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Ina Fassbender/dpa via AP)

LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association has condemned ''insulting'' chants by fans at Wednesday's game against Germany referencing past wars between the countries.

Before the 1-0 loss on Wednesday, England fans booed the Germany anthem and sang distasteful songs referencing the First and Second World Wars.

FA chairman Greg Clarke said on Thursday ''the behavior of a section of the England support in Dortmund last night was inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing.''

Clarke expressed frustration that supporters chanted ''songs that could be regarded as insulting to others'' and said the FA is trying to address the problem with fan groups.

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