Home Secretary Priti Patel confirms racist abuse online will cost offenders up to TEN YEARS of football bans in England and Wales
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People who post racist abuse online could be banned from attending football matches in England and Wales for up to a decade, Priti Patel has confirmed.
The Home Secretary has reportedly proposed legislation so that football banning orders, which can be imposed on those convicted of violence, disorder and racist or homophobic chanting, can be extended to include hate crimes in line.
Sky and the Daily Telegraph reported that the new law would likely take the form of an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill early in the New Year.
It comes after Boris Johnson said in July the government would change the ordinances to cover up racism online.
He condemned the racist abuses directed against certain English players following the team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final.
But he rejected Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer’s call to condemn Patel for dismissing the team’s actions in taking the knee at the start of games as “politics of gestures”.
“This summer we saw the beautiful game marred with shameful racism from online trolls, who hid behind their keyboards and abused our footballers,” the Home Secretary told Sky Sports .
“Racism is unacceptable and football has been marred by this shameful prejudice for too long.
“Those responsible for appalling racist abuse online must be punished. The changes to the law that I am announcing will mean that they will be banned from attending football matches. “
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The racist abuse that floods footballers’ social media all day long is having a profound impact on everyone involved in the game and it must stop.
“We are fighting against this heinous behavior in all its forms. In addition to banning racist games, we’re introducing groundbreaking new laws to end online abuse and make sure tech companies tackle hate on their sites.
Shadow Sports Minister Lord Bassam said: “I am very happy that the government is finally taking action against this kind of disgusting abuse online. But this is not premature since we proposed to add this to the police bill over a month ago.
“The prohibition order regime should also be extended to other sports.”
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