Boris Johnson has announced plans to BAN individuals from football matches if they racially abuse players on social media.
The Prime Minister’s stance comes in the wake of England stars Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford being subjected to vile messages after the trio missed penalties during Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
Rashford hit the post before Gianluigi Donnarumma saved spot-kicks from Sancho and, decisively, Saka at Wembley.
Johnson said: “I want to thank each and every one of them for what they did, their incredible campaign they ran in the Euro 2020 championships, and they do represent the very best of our country.
“I repeat that I utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night.
“So what we’re doing today is taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning order regime is changed.
“If you are guilty of racist abuse online of footballers, then you will not be going to the match, no ifs, no buts, no exemptions and no excuses.”
Banning orders allow magistrates to stop individuals from attending matches in the UK if they are found guilty of the relevant offences.
In some cases, banned supporters must surrender their passport before overseas matches and tournaments, but the legislation does not currently cover online incidents.
The orders can last between three and ten years and are mostly handed out for violent and public disorder offences.
Johnson and the Football Association have condemned the racial abuse received by Saka, Sancho and Rashford.
Johnson told individuals who sent racial messages to “crawl back under the rock from which you emerged”, while the FA insisted they will do everything it can do support the affected players.