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A Million Signatures Have Been Collected On A Petition Demanding That Racists Be Banned From Football Events For The Rest Of Their Lives

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka received racist abuse on social media after missing in the penalty shootout in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. A petition requesting racists receive a lifetime ban from football events has already crossed one million signatures.

Following England forwards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka’s miss in the penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, they received racial abuse on social media.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, England manager Gareth Southgate, and the Football Association (FA) were among those who condemned the internet abuse.

The petition’s accompanying statement calls on the FA and the government to “act together now to ban all those who have carried out racist abuse, online or offline, from all football matches in England for life.”

1:11 Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, criticizes those who continue to boo those who take a knee.

“As multi-racial football fans, we finally feel represented by this anti-racist and inclusive England side,” the three women who began the petition, Shaista, Amna, and Huda – who refer to themselves as the three Hijabis – said.

“Our great team, and their talent, bravery, leadership, and love for everybody, have made us so proud and inspired.”

Gareth Southgate’s England team represents us all.

1:25 England manager Gareth Southgate says racist abuse hurled at some of his players after yesterday night’s defeat is unforgivable and “not what we stand for.” “Their vision is an inclusive vision, and this matters more than ever – it’s why we feel proud of this squad and why many of us appreciate and love them,” he says.

Racism and prejudice should not be tolerated in football or society.

“Our England team stood up for all of us – now we must stand up for them,” the Prime Minister said during a meeting with social media businesses at Downing Street on Tuesday.

In response to the racist abuse he had to face, Rashford issued an impassioned message on Monday evening, apologizing to England fans for missing a penalty and stating that he would “never apologise for who I am.”

0:29 Time-lapse film shows the progress of the Marcus Rashford mural from before it was vandalized to its restoration and redecoration by supporters. A 50-year-old man has been arrested and released in connection with a racist tweet directed at the Manchester United striker.

After accusations of an inappropriate tweet made on Sunday, West Mercia Police said the suspect, from Powick, near Worcester, was held on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

According to accounts, the obscene message was sent from a youth football coach’s Twitter account, which he alleges was hacked.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has encouraged Saka to recover from his tragedy, claiming that he and the rest of the squad have reached out to the 19-year-old to offer their support.

1:19 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he spoke to Bukayo Saka after England’s defeat to Italy and that he is a strong character who would be OK.

“He has such a strong personality.”

Saka has also gotten support from Londoners, who have graffitied his name onto the side of a district line train. “He has had a lot of love and support from international football, not only with Arsenal but with the national team and all the English supporters because he doesn’t deserve anything like [what] he has been through.”

“Saka it’s alright,” reads the message.

Sakas has returned to the District Line.

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0:39 Jenson Button, Gary Lineker, Kelly Cates, Alan Shearer, Gary Neville, Micah Richards, Gabby Logan, Ebony-Rainford-Brent, Jamie Carragher, Jermaine Jenas, Jamie Redknapp, and Nasser Hussain are among the BBC and Sky stars who have banded together to fight online bullying.

Please copy the link to the nasty post and screengrab it and email it to us here if you see a reply to Sky Sports postings and/or content with an expression of hate on the basis of race, sex, color, gender, nationality, ethnicity, handicap, religion, sexuality, age, or class.

Kick It Out is sport’s equality and inclusion organization, working across the football, educational, and community sectors to combat discrimination, develop inclusive practices, and campaign for positive change.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, was another outspoken critic of the abuse, stating it had “no place in our country” and that “I support the police in holding those guilty accountable.”

Tyrone Mings was unsatisfied with Priti Patel’s attempt to call out his teammates’ racist insults. But she was chastised by England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, who pointed out that Patel had previously chastised the players for their decision to take a knee before games – something they believe is an vital indication of their desire to fight racism.

“You don’t get to feed the fire before the start of the tournament by labeling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then pretend to be disgusted when the same thing we’re fighting against, happens,” Mings responded to Patel’s comments.

2:39 Sky Sports News’ Bryan Swanson discusses the findings of the latest YouGov poll on football supporters’ attitudes toward racism. YouGov polled 4,500 football fans across nine European nations over several months.

Towards the end of March, fans in England were polled to see if they thought racism existed in professional football.

They were asked the issue again in mid-June, a few days after England players were booed by portions of the Wembley crowd before acclaim and cheers erupted as the squad took a knee ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.

In March, 54% of football fans in England felt racism is a severe problem, compared to 57% in March.

When compared to March (34%), more participants stated racism exists in football but isn’t significant in June (36%) than in March (34%).

After England’s Euro 2020 penalty shootout loss to Italy, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were attacked with racial abuse online four weeks later.

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