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Yesterday, after the England Euro 2021 loss, Bukayo Saka, a 19 year old player, was digitally flooded with racially motivated threats in the comment sections of his social media posts. Much worse has likely found its way into his direct messages. His fellow players Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have also been hit with volatile racist diatribe. We stand with Bukayo, Raheem, Jadon and Marcus.
Local councils across the country have issued alerts about their fears over increased rates of domestic violence correlating with the times of the England matches, with abuse surging by 38% when England lost in previous world cups. Similar surges have been occurring year-on-year with regards to football related racist abuse online and physical attacks in England rising by 50% last year.
We also stand with the people across the country affected by the violence displayed online or in their homes over the past 24 hours. We all deserve better.