England footballer Tyrone Mings said Patel’s comments on the player’s knee injury “add fuel to the fire”.
English football player Tyrone Mings criticized the Secretary of the Interior Priti Patel, saying that she knelt and booed in defense of black players in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, thus ” Lit the fire”.
Patel had previously stated that kneeling is “gesture politics,” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who enthusiastically waged a verbal war on the so-called “awakening politics”, is also ambiguous on this issue.
Patel said on Monday that the three black players Marcus Rashford, Jaden Sancho and Bucayo Saka were racially discriminated against online after losing in an Italian penalty shoot-out. Disgusting”, but Mins issued a sharp response.
He said on Twitter: “You can’t label our anti-racism messages at the beginning of the game as’gesture politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when something we oppose happens.”
The false accusations made by Mins and even some Conservative MPs against the government are particularly dangerous for Johnson, because the England team has received widespread sympathy after a painful defeat.
By successfully lobbying Johnson to provide free school meals to underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford has become a hero for many inside and outside football.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old, from Withington and Wesenshaw in the south of Manchester. If I have nothing, then I have it,” the Manchester United striker wrote on Twitter .
Rashford added: “I can criticize my performance all day, my penalty is not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologize for who I am and where I come from.”
Images on social media showed that a mural commemorating Rashford in Wexington had been defaced before the locals covered the hate language with support messages.
Rashford said: “I almost cried when I saw Wesington’s reaction,” because the sympathizers planned to protest the mural later on Tuesday.
Since George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in the United States last year, the Premier League team has knelt down.
‘The painful truth’
Patel’s Conservative MP and former Secretary of Defense Johnny Mercer said: “The painful truth is that this man (Mings) is absolutely right.
“It is very uncomfortable for our Conservative Party to unnecessarily force ourselves into a position.”
England coach Gareth Southgate said online abuse was “unforgivable” and team captain Harry Kane also lashed out at the troll.
“The three guys who performed well all summer had the courage to stand up and get pens (penalties) when the stakes were high,” he said.
“They deserve support and support, not the vile racist abuse they have suffered.
“If you abuse anyone on social media, you are not an England fan and we don’t want you.”
The British Football Association also strongly condemns racist attacks. Its president, Prince William, said he felt “disgusting” at this abuse.
‘Action is urgently needed’
According to his spokesperson, at a cabinet meeting, Johnson told his ministers, “This kind of abuse is completely shameful and it comes from the dark space of the Internet.”
He said that in a meeting with representatives of social media companies later on Tuesday, the prime minister would “reiterate the urgent need to take action before stricter laws take effect in the UK.”
The “Online Harm Act” planned by the government will for the first time bring companies such as Facebook and Twitter into the supervision of the British communications regulator.
According to the bill, if social media companies fail to remove abusive content in a timely manner, they may be fined up to 18 million pounds (25 million US dollars) or 10% of their global annual turnover, whichever is higher.