July 13 – England defender Tyrone Mings (pictured) has called out Britain’s home secretary for ‘pretending’ to be disgusted by the racist abuse that was meted out to his three colleagues who missed their penalties in Sunday’s Euro 2020 shootout against Italy.
Politicians and public figures have slammed the racist hate faced by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka on social media.
Patel was among those to criticise the “vile” racist abuse saying she was “disgusted” and writing on Twitter: “It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable.”
But this is the same politician who recently described taking the knee in protest against racial injustice as “gesture politics” and refused to criticise fans who booed players for doing so at England’s opening match of Euro 2020.
Mings was quick to call her out.
“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” he declared.
Former Tory Party chairwoman Baroness Warsi also criticised Patel, suggesting the Home Secretary and the Government were guilty of “dog whistle” politics.
“It’s time to stop the culture wars that are feeding division,” the Conservative peer tweeted. “Dog whistles win votes but destroy nations.”
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