Following the racial abusive comments from English fans on social media after the disappointing defeat in the Euro 2020 final. Few people have started an anti-racism campaign named, ‘Ban racists for life from all football matches in England’.
Despite having an early lead in the first half in the final, The Three Lions lost the game on penalties. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their subsequent spot-kicks and in the end, lost to Roberto Mancini’s side. Following this defeat, fans started to abuse the young trio for failing to convert their kicks and blamed them for the defeat.
England coach Gareth Southgate and The Football Association have also denounced the behaviour of the fans and people from around the world have also condemned the racial comments made on social media.
Fans could get ban from football for racism:
The petition was started by anti-racism campaigner Shaista Aziz and her friends with the name of the Three Hijabis. This campaign started on 13th July after the final encounter. 700,000 people signed in the petition within a day and currently 1.2 million have signed on the petition.
The campaign started to draw attention from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of state Oliver Dowden, with the appeal –
“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.”
Social media is a platform to bring people closer. However, some irresponsible people have started to make it an intolerable platform. As a result, The England football team took the knees before the start of the game in every match to protest against racism, but few fans booed their gesture.
You can see the petition here and sign it to support the removal of racism from football and the world.
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