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FA release statement after England stars racially abused on social media after Italy loss

The Football Association have condemned racist social media content aimed at England players after the Three Lions were beaten by Italy in the Euro 2020 final. 

They have urged online platforms to do more to prevent hateful messages being posted, which has become an increasingly frequent occurence. 

Defender Luke Shaw put England on course for their first major tournament success since 1966 with an excellent half-volley inside two minutes. 

Italy struggled into the first half-time, only Federico Chiesa went close to testing Jordan Pickford with a long-range strike. 

However, they gained confidence in the second half and Leonardo Bonucci equalised after Pickford had tipped an effort onto the post. 

A goalless period of extra-time followed before a penalty shootout. 

Goalkeeper Pickford denied Andrea Belotti to hand England the advantage, but Marcus Rashord missed for the Three Lions. 

Jadon Sancho then had his attempt saved, only to be handed a reprieve when Pickford saved from Jorginho. 

Bukayo Saka had to score his effort to force sudden death but the teenager, who has been excellent at Euro 2020, saw his kick saved. 

Racist tweets and comments were directed at each of the three players who failed to score in the shootout. 

The FA have said that they will do all they can to support the players impacted by the abuse, but that social media companies should put stricter measures in place. 

A spokesperson for the governing body said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team.

“We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.

“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”

England enjoyed a wonderful run to the final of the tournament, their first major showpiece event since 1966. 

There were memorable victories over Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Denmark en route to the final.

Gareth Southgate will now prepare his squad for next year’s World Cup.

The tournament is being held in Qatar during the winter months.

England’s performance at Euro 2020 will make them one of the favourites to win the competition, which will be played over 56 years since they last won the World Cup in 1966.

Martin Lewis verbally abused during park visit with daughter

Martin Lewis has shared an unpleasant experience involving a viewer who swore at him in front of his three-year-old daughter.

It comes after the Good Morning Britain discussed the shocking footage of Professor Chris Whitty being manhandled by a group of men in London.

Susana Reid and Martin discussed their experiences in the public eye, as the Money Saving Expert explained what he had endured when he politely declined to stop and chat to a viewer.

Read more: Anger as Professor Chris Whitty grabbed in park by two men

He was his daughter Sapphire in the park, who was three-years-old at the time.

The man started swearing at him and even walked after him down the street when the presenter tried to move away.

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Martin said: “She was on my shoulders and I was walking along the road with her.

“A man came up to me and he says, ‘You’re the money guy, aren’t you?’ and I said, with a smile ‘Not today. I’m Daddy.’

“I’ve got my little girl and she gets very scared when people that we don’t know approach.”

The viewer said: “Well I just wanna ask you a question,” and Martin added, “I’m so sorry I’m on my way to the playground I really can’t do this right now. She gets a little bit intimidated.”

Martin added: “He started swearing at me and called me the ‘C’ word.

“I’m normally always happy to do it when people come and talk to me on the street. I always smile and answer a question unless I’m in a rush. I’m always polite but my little girl gets very scared.”

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident involving Professor Whitty, and said officers spoke to all those involved and took their details.

The actions of the men in the video were condemned by vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi and Labour MP Jess Phillips who issued a reminder that public figures ‘are human beings’.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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Texas investigating allegations that unaccompanied migrant children

Gov. Greg Abbott[2] on Wednesday called for the federal government to close a San Antonio facility housing unaccompanied migrant children after he became aware of allegations of sexual assault.

“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said at a press conference outside the Freeman Coliseum, which is reportedly housing[3] more than 1,300 teens who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian.

The announcement came as Texas and the federal government are locked in battle over a recent increase in the number of migrants crossing the state’s southern border.

Abbott said complaints about sexual assault were reported early Wednesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The governor did not know the identities of those who alleged assault, nor did he provide many details. He said he was concerned more than one child may have been assaulted. He also said that DPS will investigate the allegations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to questions after Abbott’s announcement.

The press conference, Abbott said, was to alert President Joe Biden’s administration and push them to move the children housed in the coliseum to other federally run facilities with more “space, personnel and resources to ensure safety.” He also said the facility was short on staff, some kids were not eating enough food and those infected with the coronavirus were not separated from healthy teens.

A spokesperson for Abbott said the governor told federal officials about the allegations before the press conference.

Rebeca Clay-Flores, a Bexar County commissioner, painted a different picture of the conditions than the governor described, however. She said, having been in the facility many times, she saw children being well cared for. The Freeman Expo Center in San Antonio, which KSAT-TV reported held 1,370 teens on Monday[4], has the ability to house up to 2,500 children, according to the federal health department.

“What I saw when I went in there on several occasions, it was well-staffed, the children are very happy and very excited to be here,” she told reporters after Abbott left. “This is not a political issue. This is about children who deserve protection from adults.”

Abbott acknowledged to reporters that he had not been inside the coliseum.

Vulnerable children are often victims of sexual assault. In Texas, children kept in foster care[5] and state-run juvenile lockups often report sexual assault, as well, without the governor’s immediate intervention. Last fall, juvenile justice advocates pleaded for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate[6] sexual abuse in Texas’ youth lockups, which have been plagued by scandal for more than a decade.

Abbott and many other Texas Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Biden administration as it struggles to address an increase in migrants being apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border. Almost all single adults are being immediately expelled under a pandemic health order issued by Trump that Biden has kept in place, although the current administration is allowing in unaccompanied minors and some families to await their immigration court hearings in the U.S. But Democrats are also loudly questioning where the conservative compassion was less than two years ago under President Trump’s watch, when apprehensions hit near-record figures despite his crackdown on the border.

The number of people crossing the border illegally increases nearly every spring thanks to the weather getting warmer. The past three presidents have struggled at times during their tenures with surges in border crossings. But the number of children being apprehended has been particularly high in recent months, straining federal facilities.

As of Tuesday, the Biden administration had more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody and roughly 16,000 in the care of federal shelters run by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. By law, unaccompanied children are not supposed to be held in Border Patrol custody for more than 72 hours except for in emergencies. Since Feb. 22, the White House has opened at least eight emergency influx sites of unaccompanied migrant children in Texas, including Freeman, with a total capacity of about 14,000 beds.

Lomi Kriel, Shawn Mulcahy and Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.

References

  1. ^ Sign up for The Brief (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Greg Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ reportedly housing (www.ksat.com)
  4. ^ KSAT-TV reported held 1,370 teens on Monday (www.ksat.com)
  5. ^ children kept in foster care (www.houstonchronicle.com)
  6. ^ pleaded for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate (www.texastribune.org)

Jolie McCullough