Tyrone Mings has hit out at Home Secretary Priti Patel following the racial abuse suffered by three England players after they lost to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed penalties during the penalty shootout and were subsequently flooded with racial abuses on their online profiles. Patel then said that it has “no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable”. Tyrone Mings immediately replied to Priti Patel who earlier criticized the players for taking a knee calling it a political gesture.
“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labeling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens.” Mings posted on Twitter.
The three players received support from both the government as well as the opposition parties. Captain Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate condemned the abuse as well.
“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen when the stakes were high.” Kane posted on Twitter. “They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night. If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”
”For some of them to be abused is unforgivable really,” Southgate said. “I know some of that has come from abroad, people who track these things are able to explain that, but not all of it. It’s just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.”