People who publish racist abuse against football players will be banned from attending matches in UK for up to 10 years, UK Home Secretary said

  • The black of England football gamers suffered racist abuse online after losing over the summer.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the online attacks at the time.

The people who lead racism Online soccer players could be banned from attending matches in the UK for up to 10 years, Reuters reported.

UK House secretary Priti Patel said she wanted to expand the legislation to include online hate crimes, according to Sky Sports.

The UK’s football ban orders currently apply to those convicted of violence or disturbance at matches. There are 1,300 of these bylaws in effect, prohibiting people from attending games aged three to 10, Sky Sports reported.

“This summer we saw the beautiful game marred with shameful racism from online trolls, who hid behind their keyboards and abused our footballers,” Patel said, according to the Sky Sports report. “Racism is unacceptable and for too long football has been marred by this shameful prejudice.”

The move comes after black footballers suffered racist abuse online after the Euro 2020 final last summer.

In July, English soccer players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who are all black, were abused after they missed their shots on goal in a match where the team lost 3-2 to Italy, NPR reported at the time.

In the aftermath of the incident, the Football Association, England’s governing body for sport, called on the government to hold attackers accountable by passing legislation to make online harassment a crime.

“We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and are appalled at the online racism which targets some of our English players on social media,” the organization said in a statement. “We couldn’t be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is unwelcome to follow the team.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the online abuse at the time.

“This England team deserves to be hailed as heroes, not racist abuse on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” Johnson noted in July.

The new law is likely to be an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that will be introduced in early 2022, Sky Sports reported.

“Those responsible for appalling racist abuse online must be punished,” Patel said, according to Sky Sports. “The changes to the law that I am announcing will mean that they will be banned from attending football matches.”

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