Gb, premier Johnson: stadium banned for perpetrators of racist insults against players
The UK government intends to ban access to the stadium for fans guilty of addressing racist slurs online. This was announced today by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after days of controversy over the riots and racist offenses against some players of the national team following England’s defeat against Italy in the European final played last Sunday at Wembley.
Johnson today declared in parliament that the rules for the ban on access to stadiums will be changed, which will also be triggered in cases of online racism. “If you are guilty of online racist offenses against footballers, then you will not go to the match.” “No ifs, no buts. No exemptions and no excuses ”, he added, reiterating his firm condemnation of the racist insults directed on social media to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, after having missed the penalty kicks in the final on 11 July.
Johnson said social networks will have to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of their global revenues if they do not remove “hatred and racism” from their services, after receiving representatives of some of the major companies in the industry in Downing Street.
In recent days, an online petition addressed to the Football Association and the British government asking to punish racist fans with Daspo for life has reached one million signatures. Currently fans can be banned from participating in sporting events for 3 to 10 years if convicted of crimes of violence and public disorder but not yet for facts that have occurred online.
As in Italy, the issue of players kneeling against racism has also sparked controversy in England. In particular, after the racist offenses aimed at national team players, Johnson was criticized by the opposition for not exposing himself in the past few weeks against fans who had booed at the kneeling players.
In parliament, Labor Party leader Keir Starmer accused Johnson of “trying to fuel a culture war” on the issue before the Europeans, saying ministers are backing down now that they have realized “they are on the wrong side”.