De hope of a nightmare title, the penalty shoot-out lost by the England team to Italy last summer in the Euro final revealed the worst that some British supporters are capable of. . In addition to the incidents that night (hundreds of ticketless England supporters had invaded Wembley Stadium), black players Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford were the target of an avalanche of racist attacks on social networks.
Following the racist attacks on the three players, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced his intention to ban supporters from the stadium who uttered racist slurs online. As reported by our colleagues from Eurosport, things should move forward early next year.
Up to 10 years stadium ban
Home Secretary Priti Patel will present a bill to the British Parliament to ban people who have made racist comments on social media from the stadium. « Racism is unacceptable and football has been affected by this shameful scourge for too long, » said Priti Patel, referring in particular to the incidents of the Euro final. Those who commit racism online must be punished. The legislative changes that I am announcing will ensure that they are banned from the playing field. If the exact content of the future law is not yet known, the sanctions could extend to a 10-year stadium ban and relate to England and Wales.
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Some targeted players also denounce the platforms’ inaction in the face of such violent and dangerous behavior. The English footballer Bukayo Saka had notably accused Twitter and Facebook of passivity in the face of online hatred. « I do not wish any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that Marcus [Rashford], Jadon [Sancho] and I have received. I knew instantly the kind of hatred I was going to suffer, and it’s a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to put an end to these messages, ”he said a few days after the final.
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