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Evra condemns social media platforms for 'spreading racism'

Thu 22 July 2021 | 13:23

After missing their penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley, the England trio, Marcus Rashford, and Jordan Sancho experienced racial abuse on social media.

Interviewing with 

Sky Sports

, the former 

Manchester United

 and 

France

 defender, 

Patrice Evra

, says his toughest competition over his decorated career has been racism in the game he loves.

"Football, you know, is a joy to watch and you bring a lot of emotion. And when people are disappointed, you can feel the hate. The hate comes out really strongly," Evra told Sky News.

"Then people and I don't know why, instead of saying things like, 'Oh, he's such a bad player, he shouldn't miss a penalty', they involve your religion, your colour."

 

Asked how he felt when he heard about

the abuse the England trio had receive

d, 

Evra 

added: "I wasn't surprised. I feel it is disgusting. And those people have to be ashamed of themselves because they brought so much shame to the country of England.

"It was painful to watch. Especially because those kids (Rashford, Sancho, Saka) may not be as strong as other people. And it's not fair because we should be proud of it.

"I'm not an English person. But trust me, I was so proud of the way England did this tournament."

 

Experiencing the same thing in the past,

Evra

believes this kind of discrimination in English football is the worst it has ever been.

"Of course, we can delay the comment. They can block people and everything, but I'm sorry, when it's Covid news, straight away you get the flag in any social media, Twitter," Evra said.

"And when it is about nudity, Instagram, they can ban it straight away. So don't tell me those platforms can do nothing about the racists.

"I feel like those platforms, they allow those people to spread racism. So don't tell me they can't do anything."

 


source: Sky Sports