After the Home Secretary was accused of’stoking the fire’ of racism, No 10 backed Patel.
Priti Patel was defended by Downing Street yesterday after England player Tyrone Mings accused her of “stoking the fire” of racism.
Ms Patel’s outburst came after she criticized the ugly internet troll attacks on three black England players. The abuse of England’s celebrities was condemned as “disgusting” by the Home Secretary, who joined a nationwide condemnation of those responsible for the texts. “You don’t get to stir the flames at the start of the tournament by labeling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics,’ then claim to be disgusted when the same thing we’re campaigning against happens,” England defender Mings responded to her Tweet.
Ms Patel had said before England’s Euro 2020 campaign that it was up to the supporters whether they booed the players for kneeling before the game.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, three young black England players, all suffered racial abuse after their spot-kick blunders against Italy in the final.
“The Home Secretary has made clear that racism has no place in our country, which is why she is backing the police to hold those guilty accountable,” a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday.
“Before England had even played a game in the tournament, Prime Minister David Cameron urged the nation to get behind and support the players, to cheer rather than boo.
“Every day, the Home Secretary works to combat hate crime, racism, and violence.”
“The Home Secretary herself has been the subject of awful online racial abuse,” said Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
“As Home Secretary, she has regularly condemned racist online abuse and taken action against some of the extremist right-wing organisations that are responsible for it.
“Through the online harms bill, we as a government are committed to legislating to address these social media sites, who, frankly, should be doing far more to clamp down on this type of disgusting racism and abuse online,” she said.
However, Anton Ferdinand, a former Premier League player and former England star who was a victim of racial abuse during his career, said the government should first “clean out your own house” before going after social media services.
Ferdinand stated that it was pointless for the government to discuss its plans while “the people who rule this country” are “not criticizing” individuals who take part in booing players. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”