July 25, 2021

Boris Johnson denounces racist slurs against England players after defeat in final

A rain of racist publications for failed penalties. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denounced Monday, July 12 the “Racist insults” against black players of the English football team, after losing to Italy in the Euro final on Sunday at Wembley. « [Les joueurs de] this England team deserves[nt] to be treated[s] as a hero, and not [en victimes] racist insults on social networks. Those responsible for these appalling abuses should be ashamed of themselves ”, the Conservative leader said on Twitter.

The English Football Federation (FA) said it was “Dismayed” and ” disgusted “ by racist comments posted on social networks against Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. These three players missed their shot on goal in the Euro final, lost to Italy. “We are disgusted to see that members of our team, who gave their all this summer, were subjected to discriminatory assault online after tonight’s game”, the FA said on its Twitter account. “We support our players”, she insisted.

The three players, who entered during the game, missed their shot on goal. Those failed shots sealed England’s defeat to Italy, shattering the dream of an entire country hoping to clinch a second major title, fifty-five years after its home success in the World Cup in 1966.

London police have announced that they are “Investigating” on these publications “Insulting and racist” online. Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat took to Twitter on social media on Monday, which “Have algorithms that target ads, but won’t stop racist slurs against some exemplary young men”.

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Online racism has been swelling for several months

English football has been confronted for several months with a phenomenon of online racism targeting players, following the defeat of their club or after disappointing performances. In May, the FA called on the British government to legislate without delay to force social networks to act against online insults. Marcus Rashford had been the target of such insults in the past.

To draw attention to this racism online, the FA, Premier League, Second Division and Women’s Super League clubs, but also organizations representing players, referees and coaches, later joined by other sports, such as rugby or cricket, had decided not to feed their accounts on social networks from Friday April 30 until Monday May 3.

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Forty-nine arrests on the sidelines of the Euro

The Euro final was also marked by incidents with supporters without tickets who managed to enter the stadium by forcing security barriers and overwhelming staff. A scene of violence with supporters punching and kicking an Asian man in the halls of the stadium was filmed and posted on social media.

London police said they made 49 arrests on Sunday for various Euro-related offenses and said 19 police officers were injured. Of the violence she condemned, judging them “Totally unacceptable”.

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The World with AFP