More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for racist abuse to carry a lifetime ban from England football matches after a number of players were subjected to sickening messages after the Euro 2020 final.
Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were inundated with racist messages immediately after the full-time whistle after losing to Italy in a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium to decide the tournament.
Gareth Southgate and the Football Association condemned the comments sent to the players over social media while fans across the country have voiced their support for the trio.
The petition, entitled ‘Ban racists for life from all football matches in England’, was set up by anti-racism campaigner Shaista Aziz and her friends under the name of the Three Hijabis.
It was created at 8am on Monday morning, the day after the final, and had already reached more than 300,000 signatures within eight hours of being launched.
The petition – aimed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State Oliver Dowden – reads: “As multi-racial football fans, we finally feel represented by this anti-racist and inclusive England team. We could not be more proud or inspired by our magnificent team and by their talent, bravery, leadership and love for all. Gareth Southgate’s England team plays for ALL of us.
“Their vision is an inclusive vision and this matters more than EVER – it’s why we feel proud of this team and why they’re so cherished and loved by many of us.
“There should be no room for racists and bigotry in football or society.
“We are calling for the Football Association and the government to work together now to ban all those who have carried out racist abuse, online or offline, from all football matches in England for life.
“Our England team stood up for all of us – now we must stand up for them.”
Online messages are just the latest in a depressing trend for high-profile black players to suffer racist abuse after matches.
Social media platforms have faced calls for more tools to tackle and block abusive messages and stricter censure of users who abuse others. You can view the petition here.
Source by Football London