On Monday Downing Street strongly rejected Labor claims that Boris Johnson had brought to light racists who targeted online abuse of England team members following their final Euro 2020 defeat against the Italy.
England director Gareth Southgate has condemned racist attacks on social media as “unforgivable”, but after the end of the Wembley final, a political row erupted over Johnson’s treatment of racial issues and cultural exchange.
At the start of the tournament Johnson refused to condemn fans who accused England players of “taking the knee”, the anti-racism gesture, while the house secretary, Priti Patel, said the fans they had the right to fish.
After the defeat of England in a tense penalty, the racists chose Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka on social media for missing their gifts.
Johnson condemned the “scary” abuse of social media aimed at black players after the game, calling the team “heroes”. Meanwhile, Patel said she was “disgusted” by the “vile racist abuse.”
But Angela Rayner, the deputy Labor leader, wrote on Twitter: “Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are like firefighters complaining about a fire that spilled gasoline. Total hypocrites.” Sir Keir Starmer, the Labor leader, said Johnson had “failed the leadership test”.
Meanwhile, former England player Gary Neville said: “The Prime Minister said it was good for the people of this country to blow up those players who were looking to promote parity and defend themselves against racism. It starts with the most high “.
Downing Street denied the statement, saying Johnson had made the point that he “wanted to see people cheering for the team, not kidding.” Johnson tweeted Monday that people who abuse England’s players “should be ashamed of themselves”.
Earlier Southgate condemned the online abuse, adding that his team had “been a beacon of light to bring people together in people who could be related to the national team, and the national team stands for everyone and so does the team. union must continue “.
He added: “For some to be abused is truly unforgivable. It’s not just what we’re defending.”
Prince William said he was “sick” of racism.
The incidents show how social media companies have struggled to recapture racism and abuse on their platforms, despite high-profile players, including the England team, and lawmakers who have repeatedly called for action. .
Footballers are often bullied on social media after losing a game but the abuse abuse is typically reserved for black footballers and ethnic minorities. English football, including the Premier League and its clubs, boycotted Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in April to draw attention to the abuses.
The England players continued to take the lead before the games but a minority of fans cheered.
Racism will also add to security issues, questions about the police of the event and how fans are behaving throughout the day.
The Football Association, the national governing body of the sport, said it would support players and pursue “harsher punishments” for those responsible.
“We couldn’t be more clear that anyone behind such disgusting behavior wouldn’t be welcome to follow the team,” he adds.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said people responsible for the abuse “should be held accountable” and that “social workers should act immediately to eliminate and prevent this hatred”.
Metropolitan Police said it was aware of “offensive and racist comments” on social media after the final and added that it would investigate.