Priti Patel accused of hypocrisy after condemning the racist abuse of England players

Priti Patel accused of hypocrisy after condemning the racist abuse of England players

Home Secretary, Priti Patel has been accused of hypocrisy for condemning the racist abuse of England players after their Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy.

In a tweet to her followers, Patel described how she felt “disgusted” at the fact that some of the players have been “subject to vile racist abuse on social media.”

“It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable,” she added.

But many have pointed out that her stance reeks of hypocrisy, after previously saying that fans have a right to boo the England team for the “gesture politics” of taking the knee in protest against racial inequality.

“That’s a choice for them [fans] quite frankly,” she told broadcaster GB News just last month.

She added: “I just don’t support people participating in that type of gesture politics.”

While she declined to answer whether she would boo the England team herself, saying:

“I’ve not gone to a football match to even contemplate that.”

Plenty of people were quick to respond to Patel’s tweet with this comment.

Labour MPs Dawn Butler and David Lammy also criticised Patel and asked why she encouraged fans to boo the players for taking the knee if she is appalled with the abuse they’re receiving.

Lammy has also called for Patel to apologise for encouraging fans to boo the Three Lions for taking the knee.

Deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner didn’t mince her words when comparing Boris Johnson and Priti Patel to “arsonists complaining about a fire they poured petrol on.”

While others highlighted to Patel that the torrent of racist abuse the players have received is one of the reasons why the squad take the knee in the first place.

Elsewhere, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also condemned the racist abused by so-called “fans” on Twitter.

He described the abuse as “appalling” and said those responsible “should be ashamed of themselves.”

Former Manchester United and England player, Gary Neville has called on Boris Johnson to take a tougher stance against racist abuse within football.

“The prime minster said it was ok for the population of this country to boos those players who are trying to promote equality and defend against racism.

“It starts at the very top.”

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