Boris Johnson announces football ban for online racists
Boris Johnson has announced that racist abuse of footballers online will trigger a ban on attending matches – closing a legal loophole.
“You will not be going to the match – no ifs no buts,” the prime minister told abusive supporters, in the Commons.
The announcement comes as PM Boris Johnson defended home secretary Priti Patel – who defended fans’ right to boo England players taking the knee at the start of matches.
But Keir Starmer told him: “She’s got this wrong, the whole county knows that, his own MPs know it.”
Johnson and his ministers have been accused of “stoking racism”, but he insisted: “I don’t want to engage in a political culture war of any kind.”
He also repeated that the Bill would hit tech companies failing to remove illegal and harmful content from their platforms swiftly with fines worth up to 10 per cent of their annual global turnover.
But the legislation has been long-delayed and it is unclear when it will finally come into force.
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