The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) condemns the appalling racist abuse towards members of the England national football team following their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Racism, whether online or offline, has no place in society.
Throughout the course of the Euro 2020 tournament, Gareth Southgate and his team have inspired the nation and brought communities together – regardless of age, race or religion. Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho – like the rest of the England team – deserve the nation’s support following a loss, just as they do after a victory.
Online racist abuse must be effectively tackled; black footballers have been subjected to such sustained abuse for too long, and a resolution is needed. The MCB calls for pragmatic steps to be taken by social media companies to better hold to account those responsible for such deplorable conduct.
MCB Secretary General, Zara Mohammed, has said:
“Racist abuse of the type we have witnessed throughout this tournament – most acutely following England’s loss to Italy yesterday – has no place in our society.
In recent days and weeks, we have seen footage of people from all communities rallying behind the England football team. The diversity of the team has meant they have been able to do something very few others can say of themselves – they have united a nation.
However, the appalling racist abuse directed at Saka, Rashford and Sancho points towards a serious problem that social media companies cannot ignore any longer and must deal with as a priority.”