Tyrone Mings calls out Priti Patel, accuses Home Secretary of ‘pretending to be disgusted’ with racial abuse England players suffered after Euro 2020 final

Tyrone Mings has hit out at the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, accusing one of the country’s most senior politicians of ‘stoking the fire’ of racism by branding taking the knee as a ‘gesture politics’.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were each sent vile messages on social media after they missed penalties in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate brought on Sancho and Rashford to take penalties, however they missed their spot-kicks
Saka’s miss confirmed England’s defeat. He, Rashford and Sancho were later sent the vile abuse

Many have rallied around the trio in the wake of this, including Patel, who called on the police to find and punish the culprits.

She 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 England defender Mings, who suggested she had contributed to players being racially abused online.

Patel, who is responsible for immigration, security, and law and order in the UK as Home Secretary, had claimed a few weeks ago that fans had a right to boo players for taking the knee before matches.

Quote tweeting Patel’s post, Mings called her out on Twitter on Monday evening. He wrote: “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.”

Mings called out Patel on social media

The England team experienced boos before Euro 2020 when they took the knee before two warm-up games at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

It prompted manager Gareth Southgate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge supporters not to boo the anti-racism gesture.

But Patel said at the time she does not “support people participating in that type of gesture politics”.

Mings acknowledged the Home Secretary’s reaction in a press conference days after England’s tournament opener against Croatia.

Speaking on June 15, he said: “I mean we spoke, actually she invited me on to a Zoom call once, where she seemed so interested and engrossed in the players’ point of view and what we could do more to tackle these sort of issues.

“But at the same time, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion and the Home Secretary is one of many, many people that oppose us taking the knee or refuse to defend it.”

Reflecting on the overall tournament, the 28-year-old Aston Villa star said he was not surprised to see Rashford, Sancho and Saka become victims of racist abuse.

“I’m still struggling to find the words to express my emotions from the past month,” Mings wrote on Twitter.

“I’m so proud of everyone who has contributed to the joy and togetherness this team has bought to millions. We have celebrated, smiled, cried and cheered together and for that, I’m so so proud.

“But waking up today and seeing my brothers being racially abused for being brave enough to put themselves in a position to help this country, is something that sickens, but doesn’t surprise me.

“We have literally made history. We’ve gone where no one else has gone. Take that in.”