Gary Neville brands Boris a 'liar' as Prime Minister faces questions amid racism row


    Gary Neville sends a cheeky message to Boris Johnson

    At a press conference today, the Prime Minister was asked whether he and his ministers had stoked up division in the country in relation to their views on football players taking the knee. Sky News’s Beth Rigby asked the Prime Minister today: “For many people your own record undermines your image as a unifying Prime Minister. “What are you going to do to change that?”

    In response, the Prime Minister rejected any allegations he had stoked division in the UK.

    Commenting on social media, Gary Neville said: “Liar.”

    During his press conference in Coventry today, the Prime Minister was pressed on his stance on those fans who booed England players taking the knee.

    The Prime Minister insisted he always disagreed with those who booed the players.

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    Gary Neville issued a one-word response against the PM (Image: GETTY)

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    Gary Neville: Mr Johnson faced questions today (Image: GETTY)

    He also admitted there is “still a long way to go” in ending racism in the UK.

    Last month, England players took the knee against Romania and were met with boos by certain sections of the crowd in Middlesbrough.

    Asked to comment on the matter, his spokesman claimed Mr johnson respects the rights of those who want to protest peacefully.

    They added: “On taking the knee, specifically, the Prime Minister is more focused on action rather than gestures.

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    Gary Neville called the PM a “liar” (Image: Twitter )

    “We have taken action with things like the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities and that’s what he’s focused on delivering.”

    After the Euro 2020 final, three England players were racially abused across social media platforms.

    Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho all received vile attacks on social media following England’s loss to Italy on Sunday night.

    Following the abuse the three players received, the Government has claimed it will take further action to force social media platforms to remove hate and racist abuse online.

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    Gary Neville: The players were booed last month (Image: GETTY)

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    Gary Neville: Fans gather to lay cards and flags at Rashford’s mural (Image: GETTY)

    The Prime Minister met with representatives from the social media giants to encourage them to do more to tackle hate online.

    Under the Online Harms Bill, Ofcom will be in charge of enforcement and could issue fines of up to £18million or 10 percent of annual global turnover if social media firms do not act quick enough to remove comments.

    Changes to football banning orders, introduced in 1989 to stop repeat offenders, will also come in following a 12-week consultation of the Online Harms Bill.

    Four people have been arrested after the England trio suffered disgusting racial abuse on social media.

    The UK Football Policing Unit said: “Following England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday a torrent of racist comments aimed at some of the team’s black players appeared on platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    “A hate crime investigation is underway by the UKFPU, with a dedicated team of investigators working their way through a large number of reports from across the country.

    “So far, dozens of data applications have been submitted to social media companies and four people have been arrested by local police forces.”

    Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council football policing lead, said: “The racial abuse aimed at our own players following Sunday night’s game is utterly vile and has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country.

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    Gary Neville: Members of the public gathered at the mural over the last few days (Image: GETTY)

    “Our England team have been true role models during the tournament, conducting themselves with professionalism and dignity.

    “I’m disgusted there are individuals out there who think it’s acceptable to direct such abhorrent abuse at them, or at anybody else.

    “The UKFPU investigation is well under way and work continues to identify those responsible.

    “We are working very closely with social media platforms, who are providing data we need to progress enquiries.”


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