Anton Ferdinand believes that England should not be allowed to host a major tournament unless online racist abuse has been eradicated. Gareth Southgate and his England team brought the nation together en route their first major tournament final in 55 years. They lost to Italy in the penalty shootout with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missing their penalty kicks. They were subjected to online racist abuse on their social media pages shortly after the games. There was violence in different parts of the country following the loss. Major events at Wembley and Leicester Square have hurt the chances of England hosting the world cup in 2030.
“Yes, there should be consequences, there definitely should be consequences. That’s how people learn. But you’ve got to be willing to learn, that’s the problem.” former England international Anton Ferdinand said. “You’ve got to be willing to understand and be open-minded on what it is, especially when talking about the discrimination side of things. A lot of people who shout obscenities and things like that, they will never know what it’s like to be racially abused, racially profiled.”
“But what they can do is try to understand it. And we’re in a different generation now, what we’re seeing is a multi-cultural stance. It’s no longer just ethnic minorities speaking about this.” he added. “So it’s time for these bigots and these uneducated fools to get in tune with today’s society. And for people who know it’s wrong and don’t want to speak out about it and check these people, you’re also part of the problem. To combat this and try to eradicate it, everyone needs to speak about it not just the people on the receiving end.”