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Football racists who peddle hate online could face stadium bans

Football yobs who peddle online race hate could be banned from grounds, a minister revealed as we speak.

The Government faces calls to legislate for a ban so culprits who hurl racial abuse on the internet are blocked from coming into stadiums.

Currently, soccer banning orders don’t cover offences dedicated online.

More than three quarters of one million individuals signed a petition demanding lifetime soccer bans for racist yobs, after England stars together with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have been racially abused following important penalty misses within the Three Lions’ Wembley penalty shootout defeat.

Former FA chairman Lord Triesman urged the Government to take a look at banning orders for followers who submit racist hate.

Speaking throughout a Lords debate, he mentioned: “The people who were displaying their hooliganism and racism are scum, they have got nothing to do with England or its football team.

“As chairman of the Football Association I sought legislation which would enable us to ban for life – one strike and they’re out – anybody convicted of any of these crimes from every football in the ground in the UK – no excuses, no second chances.

“Would the Government support that?”

Culture Minister Baroness Barran advised him: “The Government is well aware that football banning orders can have a great effect on those implicated, and this is one of the things we are looking at.”

A change.org petition calling for the sanction was backed by 857,000 signatures by 1pm as we speak.

It says: “We are calling for the Football Association and the government to work together now to ban all those who have carried out racist abuse, online or offline, from all football matches in England for life.

“Our England team stood up for all of us – now we must stand up for them.”

The petition was launched by a trio of ladies, Shaista, Amna, Huda, who type themselves as #TheThreeHijabis.

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