- At the England v. Bulgaria football match yesterday, English players were subjected to various far-right and racist chants.
- Parliament held a debate earlier today on how to stop these offensive actions at football games.
- Luke talks about his experiences with homophobia, and asks the government to make sure that these behaviours are condemned at all levels of football across the country.
Luke asked DCMS minister Nigel Adams if he would make a statement to encourage football clubs to stop racist and other abusive remarks directed towards the players, saying that “there is no place for racism or homophobia at the international or the grassroots level anywhere in our country”.
An urgent question was asked about the Euro 2020 qualifier where English players were subjected to various abusive chants from Bulgarian fans, causing multiple stoppages. No fans were ejected, and the game continued.
The minister agreed with Luke’s question, responding that “racism will never ever be tolerated, and we need to crack down on the perpetrators”.
Luke Pollard says
“The actions that took place at the game yesterday were unacceptable, and I commend the bravery and professionalism of the players, coaches, and staff of the English national team. More needs to be done to stop abusers from committing these actions and to create a safe and inclusive environment for both players and fans.”