Former France and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has urged that football clubs should communicate with supporters to teach them about racism after Black players in England’s Euro 2020 final loss were subjected to online racist abuse.
After missing spot-kicks in England’s 3-2 shootout loss to Italy after the game ended 1-1 after extra time, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were booed.
England’s captain, manager, nobility, religious groups, and politicians all condemned the abuse, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushing social media companies to do more to combat online abuse that “rose from the dark areas of the internet.”
“If we don’t do something racism will always be there because it’s been there for so many years. You know we need to change and that’s why education is really important,”
“I want those clubs to invest in education, to meet the fans, for the players to speak to the fans, maybe a group of fans and tell what they feel when they get abused because of their colour.
“Don’t tell me the football clubs can’t do that, or FIFA or UEFA, more meetings with the fans so they understand when they make a monkey noise when a Black player gets the ball, the way it affects them. That’s really important.”
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