‘The UK was – by far – the largest country of origin’ for racist abuse of England Players After Euros Loss

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

12 Aug 2021

Twitter has confirmed that the United Kingdom was “by far” the main origin of racist posts aimed at England players after the Euro 2020 final.

The abuse of players like Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho led to a confirmed 11 arrests so far by police during their investigation.

An even sadder stat cited by Twitter was that 99% of the accounts which it suspended over the abuse were not even anonymous.

The findings contradict the mooted idea that the abuse was largely foreign with even England coach Gareth Southgate suggesting “unforgivable” abuse wasn’t domestically led.

He said previously: “I know a lot of that has come from abroad. People that track those things have been able to explain that. But not all of it [has come from abroad].”

Following the disgraceful actions of fans the Premier League announced new disciplinary measures announced ahead of the upcoming season.

Fans who engage in racist abuse, or other forms of discriminatory behaviour, will be banned from all Premier League grounds.

Punishments will also be accompanied by new educational efforts: matchday stewards will be trained to identify discriminatory behaviour while a video asking supporters not to boo the taking of the knee before matches this season is to be released this week.