Loose Women star Jane Moore urged people to remember ‘innocent until proven guilty’ as racist trolls targeted members of the England men’s team after the Euro 2020 final.
England were defeated by Italy on Sunday after a tense penalty shoot-out, in which Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho failed to score. The players have since been subjected to an onslaught of racist messages online.
Estate agent Savills suspended one of their employees, over offensive tweets sent from his account and launched an investigation into the incident. The employee claims his account was hacked and has contacted the police.
On Tuesday’s episode Jane discussed the abuse with panelists Kaye Adams, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street Porter, who all stressed that the racist comments were unacceptable.
Coleen said she ‘doesn’t care’ if people lose their jobs over racist tweets as it would ‘make other people think’, however Janet and Jane urged caution when ‘naming and shaming’ the people who send abuse online.
‘I agree that what’s happened is disgusting but what I think is naming them and printing their picture in a way glorifies them. These are attention seeking individuals,’ said Janet.
Jane added: ‘Everybody has contracts which is like, “Do not bring the company into disrepute” and that very firmly fits into that category, but we do always have to remember “innocent until proven guilty”.
‘In a way sometimes it’s a little bit kangaroo court. One of these guys that’s been named and shamed is saying his account was hacked, I have no idea whether it was or not, but that needs to be tested through due process I think.
‘This is inciting racial hatred and there is a law against that and the law needs to come in.’
Kaye added that the ‘law is slow and the law is expensive’ while Coleen responded that the punishment dealt out felt like a ‘slap on the wrist’.
Janet urged the government to make more laws against online abuse, and while lockdown has brought out the best in the British public, the racist abuse the England squad has suffered revealed a ‘nasty underbelly’.
Jane said people should remember ‘innocent until proven guilty (Picture: ITV)
Jane commented that the fact it is being talked about openly is a positive as ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’.
Marcus Rashford, who has had overwhelming support from fans and famous faces alike, has spoken out after the final and in the wake of the racist trolling, saying he will not apologise for who he is.
‘I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself. Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decided to spend my time off the pitch.
‘I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am or where I came from.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 12, 2021
‘I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing these three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this.
‘The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears. The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.
‘I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.
‘For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.’
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.