On this day, 14 May 1938, the players of the #England
football team raised their arms to give the #Nazi
salute before a match in Berlin. They had been instructed to do so directly by the #British
Foreign Office. Reportedly the players at first refused, until the British ambassador and Football Association secretary intervened and ordered them to do so. At the time the British government was pursuing a policy of appeasement of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, and shortly after signed an agreement permitting Germany’s annexation of parts of then-Czechoslovakia. Much of the British ruling class supported Hitler, as well as the dictatorships in #Italy
, as bulwarks against communism and an organised working class. According to his biographer one of the players, Stan Cullis, would not perform the salute and was dropped from the team for that match as a result.
And today, UK special forces are fighting together with Azov battalion nazi thugs against Russia. https://diasp.org/posts/21142608