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The former England footballer and BBC presenter issued the plea after UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against England in response to fans booing during Denmark's national anthem before the semi-final on Wednesday (7 July).
Taking to Twitter, 60-year-old Lineker described fans who boo national anthems as 'utterly classless'.
He wrote: "If you're lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don't boo the Italian anthem.
"A/ It's an absolute belter and worth listening to. B/ It's bloody rude, disrespectful and utterly classless."
If you're lucky enough to get a ticket for the final, please, please don't boo the Italian anthem. A/ It's an absolute belter and worth listening to. B/ It's bloody rude, disrespectful and utterly classless.
- Gary Lineker :blue_heart: (@GaryLineker) July 8, 2021
The tweet has received more than 205,000 likes and England's 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst echoed Lineker's appeal.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "I do sincerely hope that the English fans can behave with great respect.
"We are talking about another country which is a fantastic country, a fantastic football country."
UEFA opened disciplinary action against England yesterday (Thursday 8 July) for booing during Denmark's national anthem, as well as lighting fireworks and shining a laser pointer in a player's face.
A statement released by UEFA reads: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark (2-1), played on 7 July at Wembley Stadium, London.
Charges against England :
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) in due course."
The aforementioned use of a laser pointer came at a decisive moment in the match.
England were awarded a penalty in extra time, and as Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel prepared for the spot kick the laser could be seen on his face.
The 34-year-old still saved Harry Kane's penalty, but the England skipper was able to dispatch the decisive rebound.
The 2-1 win meant England will now play in their first major men's tournament final for 55 years - up against Italy, who are unbeaten in 33 games.
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