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The Prime Minister has set out action to tackle online racist abuse in football following the abhorrent social media attacks on black England players after the Euro 2020 final.
For the first time, the Government will amend legislation to extend the use of Football Banning Orders so online abusers can be banned from stadiums for up to 10 years, in the same way violent thugs are barred from grounds.
The Government, Premier League and football authorities will work together to help tackle all aspects of online abuse footballers are experiencing, ahead of the Online Safety Bill coming into force.
Last night (Thursday 15h July 2021), the Prime Minister met with executives from a number of social media companies in Downing Street to urge them to do more to get on top of online abuse.
Football Banning Orders and Online Communications
Given the impact that this racist language online is having on football, football banning orders will be extended to those who are abusive in connection with football on social media.
A football banning order is a civil order that is used as a deterrent to prevent yobs becoming involved in football-related disorder. They can last between three and 10 years. The change will be brought forward 'as soon as practical'.
Government working in partnership with football authorities
The government will work together with the Premier League and other football authorities to examine recent cases of footballer abuse online and identify what more needs to be done. They will consider areas such as identifying and reporting, preventative and reactive action of social media companies and cooperation with law enforcement.
More information on responding to online hate can be found here.
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