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Mark Drakeford condemns ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse towards England players after Euro 2020 final

12 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Marcus and Mark. Marcus Rashford. Picture by Oleg Bkhambri (CC BY-SA 4.0). Mark Drakeford. Picture by Doubledoppler (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The First Minister has condemned racist abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka following their penalty kicks defeat against Italy at the Euro 2020 final last night.

All three players missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout and were bombarded with racist messages on social media after the game.

Mark Drakeford joined England manager Gareth Southgate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is condemning those who sent the messages.

The racist abuse following last night’s Euros 2020 final is absolutely unacceptable, we unreservedly condemn it,” Mark Drakeford said.

“We stand with England’s players against all forms of discrimination – there must be zero tolerance for it.”

He also called on people to submit suggestions to a consultation on creating an anti-racist Wales.

“As we strive towards an anti-racist Wales, we are seeking your views on a Race Equality Action Plan,” he wrote.

‘Hollow’

Boris Johnson had earlier said that: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”

However, he was accused by the Labour Party of hypocrisy after he failed to condemn fans booing the taking of the knee as a symbolic protest against racism at the start of matches.

Labour leader Keir Starmer said that the Prime Minister had “failed the test of leadership because whatever he says today about racism he had a simple choice at the beginning of this tournament in relation to the booing of those who were taking the knee.

“The prime minister failed to call that out and the actions and inactions of leaders have consequences, so I’m afraid the prime minister’s words today ring hollow.”

European football’s governing body UEFA has also condemned the “disgusting racist abuse”, adding that they “stand by the players and the FA’s call for the strongest possible punishments.”

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Mr Williams
Mr Williams
11 days ago

Maybe we should invite those talented young men to come to Wales, become Welsh citizens and play for a country which will appreciate them.

William Glyn THOMAS
William Glyn THOMAS
11 days ago

What about the disgraceful behaviour of many in the crowd who booed when Italian players were in possession of the ball? This type of behaviour is covered in law “Threatening words and/or behaviour whereby a breach of the peace might occur” Such behaviour is childish and needs to be stamped out. It will, no doubt, be the same louts who are racists and have idea of what good behaviour is.

hdavies15
hdavies15
11 days ago

So typical of a segment of English fans, a slice which other fans appear to tolerate in silence, and MetPlod appear not to want to get stuck into these louts despite plenty of evident reason. These young players were idols for a few days then when the jingoistic dreams were shattered they reverted to being objects of derision and hatred. Speaks volumes about their underlying problem with ethnicity among the Yobocracy.

Last edited 11 days ago by hdavies15
Quornby
Quornby
10 days ago

Not exactly the kind of countrymen we want eh Mark? Fortunately we ‘ll leave them to it soon.

Chris
Chris
10 days ago

It seemed a bit hypocritical of Johnson to condemn the racists, since they are his core vote. His inadequate comments remind me of Trump’s defence of white supremacist murderers as “fine people”. They are the mob whose bigotry he roused to gain Brexit. He is now learning that once you let the ignorant mob out of their box, you can’t get the pigs back in.
HE caused this. HE destroyed the Union. HE destroyed civilised debate. HE is the cause, not the solution. It is HIS vile minions abusing these players

Last edited 10 days ago by Chris
Eifion
Eifion
10 days ago

Went are you so obsessed with English soccer stories?

Bruce
Bruce
10 days ago
Reply to  Eifion

It’s more about the racist abuse of football players (their nationality doesn’t matter in this context) than about football.

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