English footballer Tyrone Mings says Patel “lit the fire” with her comments about the players getting on their knees.
English footballer Tyrone Mings has criticized Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying he had “lit the fire” by defending fans who snubbed black players by taking their knees during the Euro 2020 final with Italy.
Patel had previously said that getting on his knees was a “policy of gestures” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has enthusiastically entered into a verbal war against the so-called wake-up policy, had also been wrong for days over the issue.
Patel had said on Monday that the online racial abuses of the three black players (Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka) after losing sanctions in the defeat in Italy against the shooting were “disgusting”, but Mings gave a sharp response.
“You don’t get to light the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labeling our anti-racism message as‘ gesture politics ’and then pretending to be upset when the same thing happens that we’re campaigning,” he tweeted.
The charge of hypocrisy filed against the government by Mings and even by some Conservative MPs is particularly dangerous for Johnson, as the England team is based on widespread sympathy after its agonizing loss.
Rashford had become a hero to many footballers inside and outside the world by successfully pressuring Johnson to provide free school meals to underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, a 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, south of Manchester. If I don’t have anything else, I have that, ”the Manchester United striker wrote on Twitter.
“I can critique my performance all day, my grief wasn’t good enough, I should have come in, but I’ll never apologize for who I am and where I came from,” Rashford added.
Images on social media showed a mural honoring Rashford, in Withington, before locals covered the hatred with messages of support.
“Seeing the response to Withington brought me to the brink of tears,” Rashford said, as supporters planned a protest on the mural later Tuesday.
Premier League teams have been on their knees since last year after the assassination of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.
“The painful truth”
Patel’s fellow Conservative lawmaker and former Defense Minister Johnny Mercer said: “The painful truth is that this guy (Mings) is absolutely right.
“Very uncomfortable with the position in which we are unnecessarily forcing the Conservatives.”
England manager Gareth Southgate said the online abuse was “unforgivable”, and team captain Harry Kane also attacked the trolls.
“Three guys who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and grab a pen (penalty) when the bet was high,” he said.
“They deserve support and support, not the vile racist abuse they have had.
“If you abuse someone on social media, you’re not English and we don’t want you.”
Racist attacks have also been strongly condemned by the English Football Association. Its president, Prince William, said he was “sick” of abuse.
“Urgent need for action”
At a cabinet meeting, Johnson told his ministers that “the abuse was utterly shameful and has arisen from the dark spaces of the Internet,” according to his spokesman.
He said that in his meeting last Tuesday with representatives of social media companies, the Prime Minister “will reiterate the urgent need to act before tougher laws come into force” in the UK.
The government’s planned “online damages bill” will take, for the first time, companies such as Facebook and Twitter into the orbit of the UK communications regulator.
According to the bill, if social media companies fail to remove abusive content quickly, they could receive a fine of up to £ 18 million ($ 25 million) or 10 per cent of their annual global turnover, the that it is higher.