THE ‘vile’ racial abuse of England’s footballers prompted Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana to hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accusing him of ‘promoting racism’.
Ms Sultana made the comments in the House of Commons, paying tribute to an England team she said ‘represented the very best of a modern, multicultural nation’.
Wearing an England shirt in the Commons chamber, Ms Sultana drew attention to the team’s heroics ‘on and off the pitch’, adding they did the country proud and came within a whisker of winning the nation its first major trophy in 55 years.
Describing the team as ‘showcasing an inclusive, progressive England’, she praised the stars off the pitch, including ‘Marcus Rashford for helping to feed thousands of working class kids’, ‘Raheem Sterling for combating racism in sport’ and ‘Jordan Henderson for standing up for trans rights’.
She criticised former comments made by the PM and for ‘previously refusing to condemn so-called fans booing players taking the knee’.
She concluded her speech by saying: “So I will say this, Mr Deputy Speaker: Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Three lions that represent the best of modern England, are so much more worth than the vile racists trying to drag them down.”
Mr Johnson condemned those who directed racist abuse at Rashford, Saka and Sancho during his press conference on Monday.
He said: “To those who have been directing racist abuse at some of the players I say: ‘Shame on you and I hope you will crawl back under the rock from which you emerged’.”