EPL to permanently ban fans guilty of racist abuse
England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted for racist abuse online after the Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties in the UEFA European Championship final. Saka was among many others in the football community who demanded that social media institutions and companies do better to tackle these hate messages.
Tuesday, the English Premier League announcement new anti-discrimination measures for the 2021-22 season which begins on Friday.
Premier League clubs have agreed to apply new League-wide sanctions, including bans, on anyone found to have behaved in a discriminatory or abusive manner towards any club employee, player, match official , steward or fan attending a Premier League match, the English Elite said in a prepared statement.
This will cover behavior conducted in person or online. The sanctions include a permanent ban from attending not only League matches at the stadium of the club they support, but all Premier League matches.
The Premier League is also committed to continuing to work with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “to improve existing tools and develop processes to tackle abuse” throughout the coming campaign.
“Although progress is being made, there is still a long way to go and the Premier League will continue to work with the government to ensure that its online safety bill introduces clear requirements for social media platforms in order to put an end to discriminatory abuses committed on their services, ”says the league.
The Premier League update comes less than a full week after the official Juventus Women’s Twitter account apologized for sharing a tweet that included a photo of an individual making a racist gesture.