England fans are outraged after it was revealed that the Lionesses will not have a victory bus parade through London today after winning Euro 2022.
The Football Association confirmed that there will be no bus parade today before or after the victory party in Trafalgar Square, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Up to 7,000 supporters will still be able to celebrate victory at the event, just hours after fans saw England beat Germany 2-1 in extra time on big screens there.
But supporters condemned the decision not to hold a parade, saying on social media it was a “real shame” and that it would be “the least England deserves”.
Others called it “shocking” and “absolutely disgusted by @MayorofLondon and others in a position to influence this,” adding, “Somebody has a word.”
It comes despite major bus parades through London, both in 2003 after England won the Rugby World Cup, and in 2005 when England’s cricketers won The Ashes.
TODAY: England fans gather in London’s Trafalgar Square for Euro 2022 victory celebration
The Football Association confirmed ‘there will be no bus parade before or after’ the party
Today’s celebration is organized by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Westminster Council.
But it’s not clear who decided not to hold a bus parade, with the Westminster Council directing questions to the GLA. MailOnline has asked the GLA and DCMS for comment.
England’s players and their manager, Sarina Wiegman, will take part in a Q&A session before taking the trophy into the air today – with the event broadcasting live on BBC One from 12:40pm.
FA chief Mark Bullingham said it is “only good” that fans can celebrate the “historic victory” with the players in Trafalgar Square today.
2003 — England’s victorious Rugby World Cup team at a parade in London in December 2003
2005 – England’s cricket team on a London bus in September 2005 after winning The Ashes
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he “can’t wait” to see the team lift the trophy again in Trafalgar Square, adding: “They have broken records and now they have made history.
And Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘I am delighted that we have worked quickly with the FA to hold a victory celebration in Trafalgar Square.’
Fans can today bring their own food and disposable or reusable water bottles – other than glass – on site, and there is also free water to top up.
The Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium yesterday, securing the country’s first major tournament title since 1966.
Number 10 said today that Boris Johnson will “certainly” want the Lionesses to “get the recognition they deserve” after England’s historic victory.
Asked if the Prime Minister will support damehoods for the team after their win, his official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister would certainly want the team to receive the recognition they rightly deserve for their historic victory.
‘Especially in the field of awards there is of course a process that is a matter for the independent honorary commission, but the public clearly wants (the) Lionesses to be recognized.’
Unlike other successful sports teams, the Lionesses are not being honored with a visit to No. 10 this week, as Mr Johnson is attending the funeral of Northern Ireland peace process architect Lord Trimble today and will be on holiday from Wednesday.
“The Prime Minister is attending Lord Trimble’s funeral today and therefore cannot attend the celebrations,” the spokesman said.
BBC into Euro 2022 sexism storm after Gary Lineker deletes his tweet joking about Chloe Kelly’s bra and all-male Kasabian broadcast of the Lionesses’ epic victory over Germany
By BROOKE DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE
The BBC and Gary Lineker have received an online response after the presenter made a ‘sexist’ bra joke and an all-male band was chosen to play the Lionesses’ final cut.
The £1.36million-a-year Match of the Day presenter said in a now-deleted tweet that ‘the Lionesses just did it, and Kelly is England’s heroine, none’, under an image of match winner Chloe Kelly .
One Twitter user said: “You have reduced a truly groundbreaking moment for women and girls to a childish sexist joke. Do you react when male players take their shirts off? Is it any wonder that people don’t take the women’s game seriously.’
Gary Lineker made a joke about Chloe Kelly’s bra, which has since been removed on Twitter and edited on Instagram
Twitter users were upset over Gary Lineker’s bra joke, which has been described as misogynistic
Instagram users were shocked that Lineker commented on lioness Chloe Kelly’s sports bra
Another described the former England footballer as ’embarrassing’, telling him ‘women did what you couldn’t and you reduce their win to a bra joke’.
On Instagram, Lineker changed the caption to ’22 women chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end England really win. Congratulations Lionesses’ – but angry comments remain below.
One Instagram user said: ‘Not sure why her underwear is relevant? #everyday sexism.’
Lineker also retweeted a post someone shared with him about Walker’s chips
Another said: ‘I’m looking forward to celebrating a manly win by commenting on their jockstraps. Shameful.’
Lineker also retweeted a post yesterday that a Wembley fan shared with him about Walker’s chips, a brand of which he is a well-known ambassador.
Meanwhile, the BBC has also been criticized online for choosing an all-male band Kasabian to re-enact the Lionesses’ victory broadcast.
Twitter users described the BBC’s choice as “very weird” and “an own goal”.
Twitter users criticized the BBC for failing to find an all-female band to play during the final cut that showcased some of the Lionesses’ greatest moments during the tournament
One user said: ‘Were there no female performers available to complete the tournament, BBC?’
Others described it as a ‘slow boring song’ and the BBC had to ‘amp up great female musicians’.
Former frontman of the band, Tom Meighan, was found guilty of domestic violence in 2020 when he hit his partner on the head and dragged her across the room.
Gary Lineker’s History of Deleted Tweets
Gary Lineker has been thrown over the coals a number of times for his tweets. The presenter last year removed a post about his pay cut at the BBC after volunteering to cut it by £400,000. He wrote: ‘Another one? Jesus, nobody told me.’ He later removed it.
Lineker also deleted a post in 2019 after a swipe at the New Zealand rugby haka. Before a game against Canada, he wrote: ‘It must be hard not to laugh about this alone when you’re the opposition.’
He deleted it, adding: “I deleted the tweet because it wasn’t intended that way in the least. I just wondered why as an opponent of sports it would still be intimidating after watching it for so many years. I probably should have phrased it that way.’
When BBC Director General Tim Davie took over, he vowed to stamp out political tweets from the stars. Rather than welcome the move, Lineker mocked him and answered “no” in response to suggestions that he should be “terrified” by the approach.
As a freelance presenter, Lineker has the space to speak his mind and is unhampered by the BBC’s code of impartiality which restricts full-time employees. He is one of a number of stars who are not bound by the rules of social media.