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UK Gov’t accused of 'stoking the fire’ of racism in football

- after PM Johnson said it was' ok to boo fans' amidst black players being subject to online racist abuse
England's Jadon M. Sancho and Marcus Rashford get ready to come onto the pitch during the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. Photo: CNN
Gary A. Neville, former England international, criticized UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson for not condemning those who booed the players in their battle for equality when he had the chance. Photo: Internet Source
Gary A. Neville, former England international, criticized UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson for not condemning those who booed the players in their battle for equality when he had the chance. Photo: Internet Source
Meanwhile, the new barrage of racism coming out of the UK comes as a 2021 report on race commissioned by the Johnson Government has downplayed the extent of racism in society. Photo: Internet Source
Meanwhile, the new barrage of racism coming out of the UK comes as a 2021 report on race commissioned by the Johnson Government has downplayed the extent of racism in society. Photo: Internet Source
LONDON, UK - Described as appalling and a stark reality of the situation in the United Kingdom (UK), football players Marcus Rashford MBE, Jadon M. Sancho and Bukayo Ayoyinka T.M. Saka have become subjects of racial abuse on social media after they missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 202 Final at Wembley Stadium.

The online racial of the England players came after Sunday's, July 11, 2021, defeat by Italy where the matter was described by the team's manager Gareth Southgate as "unforgivable" and "just not what we stand for."

Johnson not doing enough to stop racism

CNN reports that Manager Southgate said, "For some of them to be abused is unforgivable," while speaking at a virtual press conference on Monday.

Reports indicate that before and after Euro 2020 tournament games, the England players have knelt before each of their matches in a display of unity in the fight against racism and inequality; however, the players would be subjected to boos.

Gary A. Neville, former England international, criticised UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka 'Boris' for not condemning those who booed the players in their battle for equality when he had the chance.

"The Prime Minister said it was ok for the population of this country to boo those players who are trying to promote equality and defend against racism.

"It starts at the very top,” he said.

More Gov’t officials called out

So far, the government of Johnson, along with other lawmakers in his government such as Home Secretary Priti S. Patel, has been called upon to condemn the England fans who have booed players taking the knee before kick-off but failed to do so.

Further, Home Secretary Patel has been accused of “stoking the fire” of racism by an England footballer after players from the national team were racially abused following the Euro 2020 final.

Ms Patel had dismissed the team’s anti-racism protest as “gesture politics” and suggested fans had a right to boo the players if they wanted.

UK Report denied racism

Meanwhile, the new barrage of racism coming out of the UK comes as a 2021 report on race commissioned by the Johnson Government has downplayed the extent of racism in society.

The controversial report, which says the UK "no longer" had a system rigged against minorities, has even led to Prime Minister Johnson’s senior adviser on ethnic minorities resigning.

Samuel Kasumu is known to have been unhappy with the government's stance on racial issues and equality campaigners have criticised the report for downplaying the extent of racism in British society and institutions.

The report has also said that the UK suffering from institutionalised racism was “not borne out by the evidence”, however, that too has been criticised by race equality campaigners as divisive.

Racist CoI?

Meanwhile, the ongoing UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry, with a one-man Commissioner, has been slammed by some as smelling of racism and colonialism.

Both PM Johnson and ex-Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who called the CoI, have in the past been accused of racism. Johnson's racist comments are well documented online.

Additionally, the UK government saw it fit to call a CoI in the Virgin Islands during the coronavirus pandemic even while dodging one of its own, hypocritically saying it was not the right time due to the pandemic.

25 Responses to “UK Gov’t accused of 'stoking the fire’ of racism in football”

  • Please. Stop it (13/07/2021, 18:06) Like (17) Dislike (20) Reply
    I am a Soccer player.These black players who are paid millions to play the game a very important game missed simple penalties, what do you expect people to say... If it were white players missed those penalties black fans will be saying the same thing... I see nothing racist about this
    • fact check (13/07/2021, 22:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      There were 44 messages out of around a million and many from foreign (African and Asian) accounts.
      Many British people of colour are sick of being defined by the US BLM political movement (while of course agreeing that Black Lives Matter and wanting to stamp out racism) which has nothing at all to do with them or their ancestors or experiences. Taking the knee by footballers is meant by them to be anti-racist but because the gesture has the US BLM connotations it has not gone down well with some groups when another gesture Would perhaps be more effective and lose the US poltical element. Then some commentators have sought to conflate the two things in the news.
      Unfortunately few people are talking about actually tracking down and prosecuting the vermin who wrote their racist tweets. They have been roundly condemned in the UK.
      • update (14/07/2021, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        An investigation has found it was only 5 accounts in the UK. So pretty much not a UK event.
    • GTFOH (14/07/2021, 00:15) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      So you’re saying it was ok for the fans to make ape gestures and shout out the “n” for “missing simple penalties” Either you are not aware of the lengths of the racist jeering or you might be a racist yourself.
    • UK (14/07/2021, 03:14) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound foolish. You don’t see any racism then I presume you don’t live here in the UK. Had it been white players that missed, then they would have an excuse saying “ he is still young “. The black players are under 25yrs . The one who miss was only 19yrs.
  • pat (13/07/2021, 18:14) Like (8) Dislike (19) Reply
    These racist are here in the bvi with a coi
  • well well well (13/07/2021, 18:31) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Another Donald Trump....
  • Err….wrong (13/07/2021, 18:34) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Sounds like fake news to me
    • one eye (13/07/2021, 21:45) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      No fake news the coi is an example of white power and kkk behavour
    • UK (14/07/2021, 03:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      I live in the UK and it’s not fake news. It’s very sad to see how those black players were treated. Racism is real. Everyone here especially black people got a shocker on Sunday after the game from the white people. White people called the players monkey, tell them to back to Africa and to leave England , beat, stab black people who were at the game, on the trains, black people running, it was bad to see such, and people are still talking about it even now. It’s sad because those white people forget that is them same black players who got them to the finals after 50 some years of not reaching so far before. Sad very sad.
  • Come on (13/07/2021, 19:06) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    The COI and a small minority of pathetic, idiotic, racist football fans have nothing to do with one another.
  • So What! (13/07/2021, 19:17) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Not everyone hates the UK leadership! We love you Mr J! Just like we live those at home who are been hated on!
  • Thoughtful Sailor (13/07/2021, 20:37) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    The racism that we can deplore is right here, and it applies to black on white at least as much as the reverse. One has only to listen to some of the commentators, read this news source, and listen to the Speaker to realize that, unfortunately. And, two wrongs don't make it right, for either type of racism.
    • @ thoughtful sailor (13/07/2021, 21:42) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Look girl blacks cannot be racist bottom line!!!!now go smoke that
      • @@thoughtful sailor (14/07/2021, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        so you telling me that when i go into simply delicious when i hear people making fun of the staff's appearance and accents that ISN'T racist??? Of course any race can be racist, ironically enough, denying this truth is in itself, pretty racist.
  • cnn (13/07/2021, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I am not surprised they have 400 years of history and oppression go figure
  • Thinker (13/07/2021, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Ya awl (14/07/2021, 06:55) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is totally taken out of context. It was sickening to hear the boos and comments made to the 3 young men who missed penalty’s. This and the after match hooliganism was undertaken by a very small minority. It has happened in the past to England players Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate. The majority of British people were totally appalled by this behaviour from a very small minority and in NO WAY was this promoted by the UK Government.
  • laughter (14/07/2021, 07:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    A few months ago this would not have made the headline on VINO. Has the world just given birth to it?
  • AND NOW (14/07/2021, 07:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Rashy (14/07/2021, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    By the way, Rashford, of a Kittian mother, is one of the most loved figures in the UK. He is also one of the most abused on social media, some of which is from the UK and much of it isn’t. BUT, a lot of the abuse is political or because of the tribalism in football. How are Kittian’s treated in the BVI, on these blogs in particular?
  • Boris is against racism! (14/07/2021, 11:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Check (14/07/2021, 11:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The outpouring by the masses AGAINST the UK govt for stoking racism - which they did because they are conservatives playing on stupid racists who support them - is causing a backlash against the politicians. Those politicians thought they could speak to nasty racists in the UK before the game by saying taking the knee was 'gesture politics' and 'a shame'. Then the boys missed and racists started attacking the players. Politicians then said they 'deplore' the racist reaction, but at this point, the politicians game was exposed. UK people are disgusted that the government ministers can stoke racism one day and then deplore it the next - it shows clearly they are playing nasty political games with a minority of racist Brits. But most Brits are not racist - they love those footballers and are out showing their support on the streets, condemning the racists and condemning the politicians.
    All you people saying 'the UK is racist' are right in some senses, but you forget the millions and millions of UK people of all colours who are not, who are disgusted by racism.
    Stop painting everyone over there, or everyone who is white, as racist. Good people hate the racists, good people are furious at the government ministers now trying to worm their way our of their role in enabling the racist neanderthals.
    All issues involve complexity and if you can't handle analysis of the complexities, don't comment, otherwise you're painting an inaccurate picture.

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