Manchester United favourite Patrice Evra slams social media companies after racist abuse of England trio | #socialmedia


Manchester United favourite Patrice Evra has slammed social media companies for allowing their platforms to ‘spread racism’ following the high-profile abuse of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

The England trio were subjected to abhorrent racist abuse in the wake of England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the European Championship final.

Evra believes the current racism issues in English football are worse than they have ever been before and he believes social media companies are partly to blame for failing to take proper action against racists.

“Football, you know, is a joy to watch and you bring a lot of emotion. And when people are disappointed, you can feel the hate. The hate comes out really strongly,” Evra told Sky News.

“Then people and I don’t know why, instead of saying things like, ‘Oh, he’s such a bad player, he shouldn’t miss a penalty’, they involve your religion, your colour.

“I 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 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 pointed towards other censorship measures taken by social media platforms and stated the hypocrisy within how quickly they address other issues compared to racism.

He added: “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.”

While racism isn’t an issue solely within English football, it is clear seismic change is required if equality is ever going to be achieved among such a wide fan base.

There is no obvious next step in tackling such a huge issue, though ex United star Evra believes educating supporters is an important next step in at least minimising the amount of abuse seen.

“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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