Tyrone Mings has hit out at government minister Priti Patel for her message about the England players who were racially abused after the Euro 2020 final.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were each sent the vile messages after their penalty misses in the shootout at Wembley contributed to the Three Lions’ defeat to Italy.
Many have rallied around the trio in the wake of this, including Patel, who called on the police to find and punish the culprits.
Patel tweeted: “I am disgusted that @England players who have given so much for our country this summer have been subject to vile racist abuse on social media.
“It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable.”
However, Patel’s statement didn’t sit well with Mings, who suggested the Home Secretary herself contributed to his teammates being racially abused online.
She’s previously said that fans have a right to boo the England players for taking a knee before matches, labelling the move as ‘gesture politics’.
Quote tweeting Patel’s post, Mings said: “You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens.”
The final was also marred by shocking scenes at Wembley as ticketless fans forcefully gained entry into the stadium and even took the seats of those who had tickets.
There were also unsavoury scenes across London. At Leicester Square some fans were caught causing damage to buildings and throwing objects in the air.