Patrice Evra says social media companies are allowing people to “spread racism” on the internet after abusing the English trio of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bucaio Saka.
After England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, it only took a few minutes to remember all the ugly aspects of football.
Many came out to condemn the racist abuse of Rashford, Sancho and Saka after the impunity, but very few of them were in boots.
The former Manchester United and France defender Evra, who has enjoyed a successful club and international career, says his toughest competition has been racism in his favorite game.
“You know, football is a joy to watch and you get a lot of emotions. And when people get frustrated, you feel hatred. Hate comes really hard,” Evra said. Sky News.
“So people and I don’t know why, instead of saying, ‘Oh, he’s such a bad player, he shouldn’t miss a fine,’ it has to do with your religion, your color.”
Evra added to the question of how she felt when she heard about the abuse of the English trio: “I’m not surprised. I feel it’s disgusting. And those people should be ashamed of themselves because they the country brought so much shame to England.
“It was painful to watch. Especially because those kids (Rashford, Sancho, Saka) might not be as strong as the others. And it’s not fair because we have to be proud of it.”
“I’m not an Englishman. But believe me, I was proud of the way England held this race.”
‘Social networking companies need to do more’
Evra was also at the end of the racism on and off the field, but believes this kind of discrimination in English football is the worst it has ever been.
“Of course, we can delay comments. They can block people and everything, but I’m sorry, when this is Covid’s news, immediately you find the flag on any social network, Twitter,” Evra said.
“And when it comes to nudity, Instagram, they can ban it immediately. So don’t tell me that those platforms can’t do anything about racism.”
“I feel like those platforms, they allow those people to spread racism. So don’t say they can’t do anything.”
Sky Sports News contacted Facebook, which owns Instagram and Twitter, for comment.
Before England even started the Euro 2020 campaign, there was a split between the players – there was a division – the Evra position was supported, although he said it was not enough.
“We’re testing some campaigns, you know, charging, don’t post for four days, stuff like that – but that’s not enough,” Evra said.
“It’s not enough, you know, Boris Johnson, to fine people or not allow them to watch again, it’s not enough.
“Now I think we have to do something. Seriously, we have to do something because the work we’ve done so far doesn’t work. It doesn’t work.”
Evra: Teach the key to change
Investing in educating fans is something Evra thinks will work to reduce racial hatred – but even a football legend – optimistic and hopeful of change, thinks that without it, racism will plague this beloved sport forever.
“It will always be there, but let’s not stop working,” he said. “And let’s not just say it’s in England, it’s everywhere. Every country.
“If we don’t do something, racism will always be there because it has been there for so many years. You know we need to change and so education is really important.
“I want those clubs to invest in education, to meet with the fans, so that the footballers can talk to the fans, maybe a group of fans and tell them how they feel when they are being harassed because of their color.
“Don’t tell me that football clubs can’t do that, or FIFA or UEFA, meet more fans so they understand the sound of a monkey when they get a black player, how to influence them. That’s true. It’s important.”
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