Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have all been abused since Euro 2020 final
Author: James DiamondPosted 19 hours ago
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Anti-racist protesters will gather in Bristol this evening to accuse the government of encouraging racism against England footballers.
Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho have all been mistreated after missing penalties in England’s final Euro 2020 loss to Italy.
A mural of Rashford in Manchester has also been defaced, but it has since been repaired and covered with messages of support for the Manchester United striker.
The abuse of the three players was followed by widespread condemnation, but the government faces criticism for allegedly stoking racist sentiment among some England fans.
In an interview with GB News in June, Priti Patel called the knee-grip, an act now synonymous with the fight against racism, “politics of gestures”.
“It’s good to support a cause and have your voice heard, but actually quite frankly and we’ve seen last year in particular with some of the protests that have taken place, I now talk a lot about what I have seen and the impact on the police, was devastating, ”she said.
When asked if some English fans were right to boo when taking the knee, she replied: “It’s a choice for them quite frankly.”
You can listen to his comments in the video clip above.
In Questions to the Prime Ministers this afternoon, Labor leader Kier Starmer asked the Prime Minister if it was wrong to call the knee grip “the political gesture”.
He also referred to a comment by England defender Tyrone Mings that the government cannot “pretend to be disgusted” when abuses then occur.
“I would like to reiterate our full support for our fantastic England team,” replied the Prime Minister.
“I support them in the way they have shown their solidarity with their friends who have faced racism.
“But when he (Mr Starmer) talks about the Home Secretary, let me remind him that my very honorable friend the Home Secretary has faced racism and prejudice his entire career …”
He added that the government had said “absolutely clear” that no one should boo the England team.
Tonight’s demonstration in Bristol will start at 5.15pm near the fountains outside the racecourse.