following England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 Finally, the police have opened an investigation into offensive and racist comments on social media directed against Three Lions players.
Both Prime Minister and the house secretary have since condemned the abuse of English players.
Still, critics have questioned Mr Johnson and Ms Patel’s previous lack of support over the England side’s decision to kneel before matches to show their opposition to racism.
Last month, before the Euro 2020 tournament, the Prime Minister told English fans not to boo footballers taking the knee.
But it came after he had previously failed to criticize supporters who mocked the racial injustice protest.
Meanwhile, Ms Patel described kneeling as a “politics of gestures” and said that English fans had a “choice” whether or not to boo the players when they protested.
And Education Minister Gillian Keegan said last month that the protest – which footballers started after last year’s Black Lives Matter protests – “was creating a divide.”
Speaking to Sky News on Monday, former England defender Gary Neville said the fight against racism “starts at the top” while highlighting some of the Prime Minister’s past comments.
“He said Muslim women look like letterboxes,” the Sky Sports specialist said. “Shouldn’t we be emphasizing this more often?
The former Manchester United player described Mr Johnson and England manager Gareth Southgate as’ absolutely poles apart ‘, adding:’ You can be a leader and a gentleman, you can be ruthless but have empathy and compassion. compassion. “
And, along with politicians, he also called for more action from social media companies and football authorities against racism in the game.
“There is obviously a problem in football, there is a problem in society where we think it is acceptable, basically, to criticize players for sports actions because of the color of their skin”, a- he declared.
“But, I have to say, by accepting and validating that players who kneel down promote equality and inclusion and defend themselves against racism, it comes from the top.
“You know very well that if your parents do something, your children will follow.
“I’m not saying that every person who directed this abuse against players shouldn’t take responsibility, they absolutely should. “
Let me be clear. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary have cleared the racists who booed English players and now abuse English players for racial purposes.@BorisJohnson and @pritipatel are like arsonists who complain about a fire on which they have spilled gasoline. Totally hypocritical.
– Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) July 12, 2021
Labor deputy chief Angela Rayner called Mr Johnson and Ms Patel “total hypocrites”.
“The Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior have authorized the racists who booed English players and who are now abusing English players,” she posted on Twitter.
She also compared the couple to “arsonists complaining of a fire on which they have spilled gasoline”.
Meanwhile, a Tory MP has apologized after suggesting England striker Marcus Rashford should have spent more time ‘perfecting his game’ than ‘playing politics’ after missing a penalty in the match. Sunday night shootout.
After Dover MP Natalie Elphicke made the comment in a message to fellow MPs, as reported by GB News, she said: ‘I applaud the England team who gave their all in the Euro 2020.
“Last night I shared the frustration and grief of millions of other English fans.
“I regret sending a rash reaction privately about Marcus Rashford’s missed penalty and apologize to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focused on his football.
“On to the World Cup and I look forward to Marcus Rashford’s contribution at that time. “
Rashford was awarded an MBE last year as a result of his campaign against child food poverty in the UK.