Stan Collymore urges England players to refuse to play a World Cup qualifier and even FORFACT matches if racial abuse of their black players continues, as he insists ‘extreme action’ is needed or the problem ‘will only get worse’ is becoming’
- Stan Collymore has summoned English players to forfeit matches for racial abuse
- He spoke in the wake of racist insults sent to three black England players
- Collymore said the abuse sent to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka would get worse when the new domestic season starts
- The former Liverpool striker called for ‘immediate consequences’ for racist behaviour
Stan Collymore has urged English players to refuse to play in the World Cup qualifiers or even forfeit matches to protest the racist abuse being hurled at black players.
The former Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and England forward spoke out on social media in the wake of the vile abuse against Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
A mural of Rashford in Manchester was also defaced with racist remarks, which have since been erased or replaced with statements of support for the Manchester United attacker.
Stan Collymore has called on England to forfeit matches for racially abusing their black players
As the debate has since raged over how to tackle the racism problem in English football, Collymore said the time had come for extreme action by the national team.
“The only way we can deal with the situation in which English football finds itself with racism is by taking people’s toys for a longer period of time,” said Collymore. The mirror.
And I’m not talking about boycotts on social media either. It will take something bigger than that.
Fans left dozens of messages of support for Rashford on a mural of him that was vandalized
“Like England’s seniors refusing to play in any of their World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra or Poland when the new season kicks off.”
Collymore warned that while Euro 2020 was over, the abuse by black players would return once the domestic season begins.
“We all know that between now and September 2, when they go to Budapest to face Hungary, the matter will only get worse,” he said.
“The loyalty of tribal clubs is returning and the second Sancho, Saka and Rashford – or any of England’s black players – do something against a rival team that they will be subjected to the kind of abuse they have endured this week.
“Unless there is a direct consequence for those who think it’s okay to abuse others based on their skin color, they will continue to believe they can get away with what they’re doing.
English players almost walked off the field against Bulgaria in October 2019 due to racial abuse
“So I’d love to hear the FA come out and say: ‘Against Andorra at Wembley on September 5, the black players representing England have decided that they will not make themselves available for the national team. Neither will their white team-mates. “.’
Gareth Southgate’s men nearly walked off the pitch after England players were victims of racial abuse in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in October 2019, which was interrupted twice for behavior including monkey chants and Nazi salutes.
Despite calls for severe penalties, including a ban from European competition, Bulgaria was fined €75,000 and had to play two games behind closed doors.