PM to ban online racists from stadia
In the wake of the racist abuse received by Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford after England’s Euro 2020 Final defeat to Italy, the British Prime Minister has pledged to ban all online racist abusers from football stadiums.
Johnson said in the House of Commons today, “If you are guilty of racist abuse online of footballers then you will not be going to the match”.
“No ifs, no buts. No exemptions and no excuses.”
Boris Johnson announces football ban for online racists https://t.co/dNeC2XLNSB
— The Independent (@Independent) July 14, 2021
The players have received huge swathes of support from fans, pundits and fellow players since the abuse was revealed online.
However, some, even players, have criticised politicians for their actions during the tournament.
Johnson defends Patel after Mings criticism
The home secretary Priti Patel supported the right for fans to boo players taking the knee in football stadiums before matches. An action which the players explained was to show a stance against racism.
Tyrone Mings, England and Aston Villa defender, took to Twitter after Patel tweeted her support to those affected by the abuse.
‘You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens.’
You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens. https://t.co/fdTKHsxTB2
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) July 12, 2021
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended his colleague from Mings’ criticism in the commons when opposition leader Sir Kier Starmer said “He’s right, isn’t he?”
“I want to reiterate my support, our support, our total support for our fantastic team and I support them in the way that they show solidarity with their friends who face racism.
“The home secretary has faced racism and prejudice all her career of a kind that he can never imagine, and she has taken practical steps to get black and minority officers into the police in record numbers.”
Now is the time to see if words indeed become action. Will people be identified faster and more effectively and will they be prosecuted? Only time will tell.