Eni Aluko believes that the fight against racism lacks the energy that caused the European Super League to collapse. The England international also revealed that she deleted her account on Twitter citing that she could not be on the platform that she is protesting against. England trio Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were all bombarded with racist abuses on their social media handles after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final loss to Italy. Police have arrested five people over the last week responsible for the abuses.
“People don’t care enough about racism,” Eni Aluko said about the fight against racism. “When there was a suggestion the Super League was going to happen, there was pandemonium. For three days, pundits, fans, broadcasters, it was not going to happen, and we made a U-turn [against] some of the richest people in the world because we didn’t want football to change in this country. People made sure that didn’t happen.”
“I don’t really see the same energy for [the fight against] racism. I see people condemning on Twitter, but that’s a given, you should condemn racism, but now we’ve got to move it up a notch and care a bit more,” she added. “We’ve got to take actions where it hurts and pinches a little bit. I deleted Twitter, I’m not going to be on the platform until I see or hear about change. That’s what you’ve got to do. Delete Twitter. Not just for four days, delete it until further notice, until there are IDs and identification online, so if you want to tweet racism, know you’re likely to be arrested for it.”
Aluko followed in the footsteps of Thierry Henry by deleting her social media accounts due to a lack of regulation and accountability.