News 14 July 2021

Boris Johnson Announces Plans To Ban Online Racists From Football Matches

14 July 2021

Those found guilty of sending racist abuse to footballers online will be banned from football matches, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.

The Prime Minister revealed his plans at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons today (July 14).

He told MPs the government is taking “practical steps to ensure that the football banning order regime is changed”.

“So that if you are guilty of racist abuse online of footballers then you will not be going to the match. No ifs, no buts. No exemptions and no excuses,” he told the Commons.

Boris Johnson’s pledge comes after England stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to racist abuse on social media following the Euro 2020 final.

During PMQ’s today, the Home Secretary also came under fire for defending fans’ right to boos England players taking the knee at the start of matches.

Labour Leader Keir Starmer told the Commons: “She’s got this wrong, the whole county knows that, his own MPs know it.”

Yesterday, the Prime Minister met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram in an attempt to tackle the issue of online racist abuse.

He said that he “made it absolutely clear to them that we will legislate to address this problem in the Online Harms Bill”, adding that they will face fines amounting to 10% of their global revenues if they don’t get hate and racism off their platforms.