England should be prevented from hosting another major football tournament, according to Anton Ferdinand, until racist abuse and social disorder issues are eradicated from the game.
Hundreds of ticketless fans attempted to sneak into Wembley Stadium during England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday, and racist abuse was directed towards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka on social media.
Before and after the penalty shoot-out loss, ugly incidents in London’s Leicester Square and at Wembley will have harmed the country’s chances of hosting the 2030 World Cup.
Yet Ferdinand, a former West Ham and QPR defender, has admitted that the country’s bid should be thwarted unless the country’s off-field issues are addressed.
‘Absolutely, there should be consequences, there definitely should be consequences,’ Ferdinand replied when asked if England should be denied host status until the larger concerns are resolved.
‘That’s how people learn, but the problem is that you have to be willing to learn.’
You must be willing to learn and be open-minded about what it is, especially when it comes to issues of prejudice.
Football supporters break past the security barriers at Wembley just moments before England’s nail-biting clash against Italy Bukayo Saka was racially attacked on Instagram after missing the decisive penalty against Italy Anton Ferdinand feels England should be penalised for the unsavoury Euro 2020 final scenes
‘We’re in a different generation now, and what we’re seeing is a multi-cultural attitude,’ says the author.
It’s no longer just ethnic minority who are raising this issue.
So it’s time for these bigots and illiterate knuckleheads to catch up with modern civilization.
‘And for those who know it’s bad but refuse to stand up and check these folks, you’re also contributing to the problem.’
To battle this and strive to eradicate it, everyone, not just those who are on the receiving end, needs to speak up.’ Meanwhile, more than 830,000 anyone have signed a petition calling for people who racially abuse footballers to be barred from playing fields for life.
Phil Vickery, a rugby star and England World Cup winner, as well as comedian Eddie Izzard and beauty model Katie Price, have all endorsed the initiative.
The petition, headlined ‘Ban racists from all football matches in England for life,’ was started by anti-racism activist Shaista Aziz and her pals as the Three Hijabis.
‘As multi-racial sport fans, we finally feel represented by this anti-racist and inclusive England side,’ writes Glamour model Katie Price in support of a petition to ban racists from all football for life.
‘Our great staff, and their talent, bravery, leadership, and love for all, have made us so proud and inspired.’
‘Gareth Southgate’s England team represents us all.’
Their goal is inclusive, and this matters now more than ever – it’s why we’re so proud of this group and why so many of us admire and admire them.
Ferdinand has been fighting online abuse as part of BT Sport’s Hope United campaign. The Peckham-born defender has been entangled in a long-running racism scandal after accusing Chelsea’s John Terry of assaulting him in a match against QPR in 2011.
Anton Ferdinand accused John Terry of racially harassing him in 2011. Racial hate was aimed towards Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho for missing penalties in England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy. Rashford’s mural in Greater Manchester (above) was vandalized, but messages of support covered the abuse. Ferdinand complimented England manager Gareth Southgate (right) for helping diverse players succeed.
‘Gareth is a wonderful example of trying to comprehend and learning a different culture,’ Ferdinand stated as a BT Sport Hope United ambassador.
‘As well as attempting to comprehend how it feels.’
He’ll never comprehend what you’re going through, but he’s eager to try.
That is the distinction between the golden generation and this one.
‘We got to the final because of the togetherness on this team, as well as the calibre of players we have,’ says the captain.
‘But the camaraderie, the team spirit shone through for me more than anything,’ says Ferdinand (left), who feels England should be barred from hosting a tournament following Sunday. ‘But the camaraderie, the team spirit shone through for me more than anything,’ says Ferdinand.
The spirit of camaraderie spread throughout the country.
‘That’s how powerful Gareth Southgate’s attitude has been, and the way he’s dealt with these issues.’
‘Look at our FA president in terms of our national team if there’s someone to model yourself after as a middle-aged white male.’
Have a look at what he’s accomplished by broadening his horizons and learning about different cultures.
‘After 55 years, he’s given us one of the greatest evenings and days, the celebration after the semi-final was tremendous.’
I’m saddened by the social media harassment, but I’m not shocked.
‘People need to wake up: our team is multi-cultural,’ says former England defender (middle) following Sunday’s events. ‘People need to wake up: our team is multi-cultural,’ says former defender (middle).
There will never be another England squad made up entirely of white people.
‘Have a look at the age groups; they’re all multi-cultural.’
I feel in this team, and I believe that this will motivate us to do well at the World Cup.
‘Look at the pattern: semi-final, final; now we have to win something, and I have faith in this bunch of players.’
‘With Gareth Southgate, it’s not necessarily about tactics; it’s about the person and the personnel.’
‘Ability is important, but teamwork is what wins awards.’
‘You don’t go to stoke the fire and then pretend to be disgusted with racist insults,’ Tyrone Mings says, as Boris encourages trolls to ‘get back under your rocks.’
The Three Lions midfielder said the Tory minister had ‘no right’ to criticize online abuse directed at teammates Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka.
After missing penalties in yesterday night’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, the trio received a flood of hateful comments from racial online trolls.
Ms Patel called the abuse of England’s celebrities ‘disgusting,’ joining a nationwide condemnation of those responsible for the insults.
Tyrone Mings (seen kneeling during a friendly against Romania in June) unleashed an extraordinary broadside at Priti Patel tonight, accusing her of’stoking the fire’ of racism by labeling the team’s kneeling as ‘gesture politics.’ Ahead to the tournament, the Home Secretary had declared she ‘did not condone’ people indulging in ‘that type of gesture politics.’
She also stated that whether or not fans booed the gesture during England’s Euro 2020 campaign was up to the fans.
In the aftermath of his Euro 2020 penalty heartbreak, Mings’ teammate Rashford revealed he was left “near to tears” after well-wishers covered graffiti scrawled on his Manchester mural with kind letters.
Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane offered his own message to those behind the disgusting racist abuse of England players in the aftermath of last night’s painful Euro 2020 final defeat, saying: ‘We don’t want you.’ Mings’ comments come after the Home Secretary criticized England players’ stance in the fight for racial equality by saying: ‘We don’t want you.’
In an interview with GB News, Ms Patel remarked, “I really don’t condone individuals indulging in that type of gesture politics.”
‘That’s a choice for them quite frankly,’ she remarked when asked if England fans had the right to boo the national squad.
‘I’ve never been to a football match to even consider that.’ Mings’ remarks mirror those of Tory peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsie, who responded to Ms Patel’s tweet by suggesting the government should ‘think about our part in fueling this culture.’
‘Priti – We as a government, as Conservatives, need to consider our role in fostering this culture in our country. If we ‘whistle,’ and the ‘dog’ reacts, we can’t be surprised if it barks and bites,’ she said.
‘It’s time to put an end to the culture wars that are fueling division. Dog whistles may win votes, but they ruin nations.’ BT’s Hope United initiative aims to combat online abuse as part of the company’s commitment to digitally upskilling the country.
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