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Social Media Racists Could be Banned from Football Matches, says Johnson


(The Guardian) Football banning orders are to be changed to cover online racism so that people found guilty of online abuse could also be kept away from matches, Boris Johnson has said.

It came as Labour leader Keir Starmer said Johnson tried to “stoke a culture war” by refusing to condemn fans who booed the England team taking a knee but has now found himself on the wrong side, suggesting the prime minister had treated racism as “a game”.

In response, Johnson sought to claim that he had never condoned the fans’ booing, and said the rules for football banning orders would be changed.

Devoting almost all his allotted time at prime minister’s questions to the issue, the Labour leader dismissed Johnson’s claims to have never defended the booing, saying: “The prime minister isn’t kidding anybody in this house. He’s not kidding the public, and he’s not even kidding his own MPs.”

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