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Boris Johnson, Priti Patel under fire following shameful racist abuse aimed at England stars

Boris Johnson, Priti Patel under fire following shameful racist abuse aimed at England stars

Shameful racist abuse aimed at England stars

Is anyone really that surprised?

Immediately following England’s penalty shootout defeat against Italy, the racist abuse started to spread on social media.

Slews of abhorrent tweets attacked the three England players who missed in the shootout: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

All three players are, of course, black.

How many racist tweets were there?

According to the Evening Standard, Twitter had to remove  at least 1,000 tweets after the Italy game. A Twitter spokesperson said:

The abhorrent racist abuse last night has absolutely no place on Twitter.

In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules.

Facebook, who also own Instagram, confirmed that they’ve also deleted comments on their platforms, and deleted accounts.

The volume of comments and accounts on Facebook and Instagram connected to these racist abuses is unknown.

Meanwhile, Leyton Orient have banned one of their fans for 3-years following racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final.

Marcus Rashford mural defaced

Away from computer screens, some also turned to vandalising property.

In Withington, Manchester, a mural honouring Marcus Rashford was vandalised by graffiti.

The mural had been erected to celebrate Rashford’s remarkable work in helping to stop child hunger in the UK.

Boris Johnson, Priti Patel under fire: Are they to blame for racist fans?

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has issued a strong statement in reaction to the appalling racist abuse aimed at Rashford, Sancho and Saka. He tweeted:

This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.

Ashamed? Clearly these people have no shame, Prime Minister!

Also, surely the government can and must do more here.

Where is the legislation, and harsh punishments, needed to make sure these racists are silenced for good?

Meanwhile, UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has also posted her reaction to the racist abuse, saying:

I am disgusted that England players who have given so much for our country this summer have been subject to vile racist abuse on social media.

It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable.

Yet, many have been quick to remember what Priti Patel has said about the kneeling campaign in football.

The Home Secretary has previously said England fans have the right to boo the players for kneeling before games.

And, if one interview wasn’t enough, Patel has categorically stated she doesn’t agree with footballers taking the knee.

 

Gary Neville calls out Boris Johnson on Sky News

On Sky News on Monday morning, Gary Neville was asked for his reaction to the latest racism incident which is dragging football into the mud.

Neville used the interview as an opportunity to – yet again – slam the Prime Minister for his handling of the ‘take the knee’ campaign in English football. He said:

I’m just reading your breaking news, it says ‘the PM condemns racist abuse against England players’.

Is that the same Prime Minister that a few weeks ago, I mean, Gareth Southgate and the players a few weeks ago about five days on the trot told us that they were taking the knee to promote equality, and it was against racism.

The Prime Minister said that it was okay for the population of this country to boo those players who were trying to promote equality, and defend against racism.

It starts at the very top and so for me, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest that I woke up this morning to those headlines.

I expected that the minute the three players that missed miss. The fact of the matter is there is an issue obviously in football there is an issue in society where we feel it’s acceptable basically to criticise players for sporting actions because of the colour of their skin.

More criticism of Boris Johnson, Priti Patel

Here are a couple more tweets calling out Boris Johnson and Priti Patel.

 

Is England’s 2030 World Cup bid dead on arrival?

England are gearing up to try to convince FIFA to host the 2030 World Cup.

However, following the racist abuse aimed at the England players, plus the atrocious scenes at Wembley on Sunday of ticketless fans storming the stadium, some believe that consequences may follow.

A hot take this Monday is that England’s 2030 World Cup could be about to be extinguished as a result of the social unrest following the Italy game.

#HateWontWin

We, at 101 Great Goals, are fully committed to support the #HateWontWin campaign.

This hashtag is gaining attention on Monday, as organisations including Sky Sports and the BBC, try to push back against the vile racism which has spread since the shootout loss.

Let’s remember what Gareth Southgate has said about Brexit

While it’s easy to get down about the latest racism abuse aimed at black footballers, it’s worth remembering some of Gareth Southgate’s previous comments on inclusion.

Back in 2018, Southgate told ITV:

I didn’t like the connotations around Brexit.

There were some generational opinions about what modern Britain should look like. We felt that young people, in particular, would connect with our guys.

They must have been confused after Brexit. Because for me a lot of the undertones of the voting on Brexit were racial undertones.

 

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.