The coach of the Three Lions said that football will continue to fight for a more tolerant and respectful society
England coach Gareth Southgate warned those who engage in racism and other forms of abuse online that they are on the “losing side” because he promised to use his platform to help combat prejudice.
In recent months, more and more players have been subjected to racism and other forms of discriminatory abuse online.
Social media blackout Organized by various stakeholders of the England game on the match day weekend at the end of the season to raise awareness of this issue, Southgate said he and his players will continue to promote a more “tolerant and understanding” society.
What did Southgate say?
In an open letter to England fans Players Forum, The owner of the Three Lions said: “Social media has always been a key resource for our players to provide a platform, and in many ways it is a positive tool. In fact, I think this generation of English players is closer to supporters than they have been for decades. Although we have seen polarization in society, these guys are consistent with you on many issues.
“That said, sometimes my parents’ instincts play a role. I can’t control it. After all, I am enough to be the father of most players!
“I saw players rolling their phones directly after the final whistle, and I thought,’Well, is this a particularly good idea?’
“Reading abusive comments on Twitter or Instagram will never help performance.
“Our players are at real risk online. I always want to protect them, but I will never make rules about how or when they use their accounts while on duty in England. I trust them and know that they are mature enough. , Can make their own decisions, do the right thing for their mental health, and continue to be a force for good in the process of our efforts to build a better society.
“I know that the pressure has been put on everyone in the past 18 months. The vents that may occur when walking out of a stadium or bar have been transferred online. I understand. However, there are some things I will never understand.
“Why would you mark someone in an abusive conversation? Why would you choose to insult a person’s skin color as such a ridiculous thing? Why?
“Unfortunately, I have some bad news for those who engage in this kind of behavior. You are the loser. I know very well that we are moving towards a more tolerant and understanding society, and I know our lads will Become an important part of it.”
Players will continue to fight for equality
Southgate also stated that he and his players will continue to use their popularity to promote positive changes in society.
This problem became more prominent last week when some of England’s supporters booed a player on their knees before the game against Austria and Romania.
Southgate has reiterated that the players will continue to kneel before the game to draw attention to racial injustice, and he refuted the suggestion that they should not be involved in such issues.
“I never think we should stick to football,” he added.
“I know my voice is important, not because of who I am, but because of the position I hold. At home, I rank lower than kids and dogs, but in public I am the manager of the English men’s football team. I It is the responsibility to use my voice to the wider community, and the players do the same.
“They have a responsibility to continue to interact with the public on issues such as equality, inclusiveness, and racial injustice, while using their voices to help put the debate on the table and raise awareness and education.”