On a night in which Germany defeated England 1-0, a small selection of travelling England fans at Signal Iduna Park, have come under strong criticism for mocking the Germans with aeroplane gestures and a controversial football song.
Even before the match, journalists reported that a “large group” of England fans were walking outside the stadium singing “have you ever seen a German win a war’.
The England supporters began to let the side down from the start, after booing was heard during the ITV’s broadcast as the German National anthem was being played just before kick-off. And then during a match where Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game, came a long chorus of the controversial chant ’10 German bombers’ which could be heard very clearly.
The song, a patriotic children’s song originally sung by British school children during World War II, has been has been sung during England Germany games since the early nineties, but was later deemed to be racially offensive by the FFA.
The song contains the lines ‘There were 10 German bombers in the air’ and also ‘And the RAF from England shot 1 down’ sung to the tune of 10 Green Bottles. Whilst singing the song, the supporters were seen extending their arms to mimic the Battle of Britain planes.
“I didn’t hear what was said but it has been mentioned to me,” England boss Gareth Southgate said after the game. “Obviously our travelling support in terms of number and the way they back the team is brilliant. But we would encourage them to do that in the right way at all times.”
The trouble came on a day when England’s Westminster had been hit by a terror attack leaving four people dead and up to twenty injured for which ISIS later claimed responsibility.