Manchester United and France football icon, Patrice Evra, has slammed social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram, for allowing people to spread racism.
This comes in the wake of online racial abuses directed towards England stars, Marcs Rashfor, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, following the Three Lions’ EURO 2020 final defeat to Italy.
WuzupNigeria reported that the trio missed their respective penalties in England’s first-ever final in a major competition in over 50 years.
Speaking to SkySports, the former Juventus defender said that he “wasn’t surprised. I feel it is disgusting. And those people have to be ashamed of themselves because they brought so much shame to the country of England.
“It was painful to watch. Especially because those kids (Rashford, Sancho, Saka) may not be as strong as other people. And it’s not fair because we should be proud of it.
“I’m not an English person. But trust me, I was so proud of the way England did this tournament.”
Evra was also on the receiving end of racism on and off the pitch but believes this kind of discrimination in English football is the worst it has ever been.
“Of course, we can delay the comment. They can block people and everything, but I’m sorry, when it’s Covid news, straight away you get the flag in any social media, Twitter.
“And when it is about nudity, Instagram, they can ban it straight away. So don’t tell me those platforms can do nothing about the racists.
“I feel like those platforms, they allow those people to spread racism. So don’t tell me they can’t do anything.”
The Frenchman thinks that measures put in place to combat racism in football including ‘taking the knee’, suspension from social media, and ban from football matches are not enough.
“Now I think we need to do something. Seriously, we need to do something because what we have done right now doesn’t work. It doesn’t work at all,” he said, adding that investment in fans’ education would minimise hate, without which racism will plague this much-loved sport forever.
“It will always be there but let’s not stop working,” he said. “And let’s stop saying just in England, it’s everywhere. Every single country.
“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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