England captain David Beckham will make a televised appeal for fans...
England captain David Beckham will make a televised appeal for fans of the national team to control their behaviour today...
Beckham, who will not play in the Three Lions' next two matches due to his suspension for the Slovakia match, has been filmed telling fans that racism, violence and pitch invasions have no place in the game.
Beckham's appeal, which was filmed in South Africa last week, has been released to the BBC, ITV and Sky and is available for broadcast from 5pm this afternoon.
Beckham says: "We're working hard as players, and as a team, to reach the finals of this competition, and hopefully our fans are not going to spoil it.
"Respect has got to be shown to the opposition, especially with the national anthem. Booing a national anthem is disrespectful.
"Racism, violence and people running on to the pitch has got to be put out of our game. You all know it's going to get us into a lot of trouble. We've been warned already and we don't want to face elimination from the competition."
Paul Barber, The FA's Director of Marketing and Communications, said: "David's willing support for our campaign to rid the game of racist and violent behaviour and pitch incursions is the first time we have enlisted the help of our players in such a way and represents a critical element of our ongoing campaign.
"As England's captain, David is speaking on behalf of all the players and The FA is extremely hopeful that this personal message, together with our continuing support for the 'Kick it Out' anti-racism campaign and a range of other measures we are taking at future matches, will act as a 'wake up call' to certain sections of England's fans.
"We would like it to be the catalyst to start the process of changing the behaviour of the too large a minority of people who caused problems at Sunderland and who have tarnished our reputation overseas.
"UEFA, European football's Governing body, has made its position on the behaviour of England's supporters very clear. With David's and the players' support, The FA is now calling on all genuine England supporters to get behind the team, respect our opposition - and to totally reject any form of racist or violent behaviour."