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Petition To Ban All Racists From Football Matches For Life Nears 1 Million Signatures

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 13 Jul 2021 15:15
Petition To Ban All Racists From Football Matches For Life Nears 1 Million SignaturesPA

Almost one million people have signed a petition calling for racist football fans to be banned from attending games in England.

The petition gained traction in the wake of England’s Black football players being inundated with racial abuse following their defeat against Italy on Sunday, July 11.

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Players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho have received the brunt of abuse after they missed their penalties at the Euro 2020 final.

Gareth Southgate and Bukayo Saka. (PA Images)PA Images

Dozens of high-profile names have condemned the abuse the players have endured, including England captain Harry Kane.

Speaking of Rashford, Saka and Sancho, he wrote on social media, ‘Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen when the stakes were high. They deserve support and backing not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night. If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.’

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Thousands of others have also condemned the abuse by signing the petition, which has more than doubled its signatures in less than 24 hours. At the time of writing, the petition sits at more than 884,000 signees.

England manager Gareth Southgate consoles Jadon Sancho (PA)PA

The description on the petition reads:

After [Sunday’s] match, vile racist abuse was directed at our heroic players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho. Minutes after the final whistle of the Euro final, The Football Association issued a statement which said: “We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible”.

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.

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‘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,’ the petition creators, simply known as Shaista, Amna and Huda, continued. The creators also referred to themselves as ‘#TheThreeHijabis’.

When the petition reached 400,000 signatures yesterday, July 11, Shaista, Amna and Huda thanked people for their support.

Petition signatures (Change.org)Change.org

They wrote, ‘WOW – we’ve reached over 400,000 signers! THANK YOU for signing our petition to ban racism from football and for being part of this!’

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‘We want to show the lads just how many fans are behind them and for them to keep being the inclusive and representative team that they are – please help us by SHARING this petition on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram and help us build support for fighting racism wherever it exists – online and offline,’ they continued.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Stop Hate UK by visiting their website www.stophateuk.org/talk

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Sport, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, no-article-matching, Petition, Racism

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    Ban racists for life from all football matches in England.