Racist abuse directed towards England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka after they missed penalties in England’s Euro 2020 final shootout loss to Italy on Sunday has sparked widespread outrage. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned social media companies that failing to remove racist abuse might result in a fine of 10% of global turnover.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson also revealed that the government is altering the football banning order regime to include internet bigotry.
Racist comments directed at England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka after they missed penalties in England’s Euro 2020 final shootout loss to Italy on Sunday has been widely condemned.
“Yesterday night I saw representatives of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram, and I made it abundantly plain to them that we will legislate to address this problem in the Online Harms Bill,” the Prime Minister told lawmakers.
After Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were racially harassed on social media following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, Kick It Out Chief Executive Tony Burnett outlines what can be done to curb online racial abuse.
“And they will face sanctions of up to 10% of their global earnings until they get hate and bigotry off their platforms – we all know they have the technology to do it,” he continued. “I totally detest and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night.”
“Therefore what we’re doing is taking tangible steps to reform the football banning regime so that if you engage in racist online football abuse, you won’t be able to attend the game.”
“There are no ifs, buts, exemptions, or excuses.”