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New law revealed to punish fans who send online abuse to footballers

A new law is set to be revealed to punish fans who send online abuse to footballers due to the unbelievably sick rise of it lately.

Racist and abusive posts that are connected to football in the future could see offenders banned from attending matches in England and Wales for up to 10 years.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is putting forward legislation so that Football Banning Orders, which can currently be imposed on people convicted of violence, disorder and racist or homophobic chanting, will be extended to cover online hate offences.

This comes after a number of England‘s Black players were subject to racist abuse following the Euro 2020 final over the summer, with the Prime Minister pledging to take firm action against online abusers.

The new law is expected to take the form of an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and will be brought forward early in the new year.

“This summer we saw the beautiful game marred by disgraceful racism from online trolls, who hid behind their keyboards and abused our footballers,” said the Home Secretary.

“Racism is unacceptable and for too long football has been marred by this shameful prejudice.

“Those responsible for appalling racist abuse online must be punished. The changes to the law I am announcing will make sure they are banned from attending football matches.”

According to Sky Sports, there are 1,300 Football Banning Orders in force across England and Wales, preventing individuals from attending regulated football matches for between three and 10 years.

They are issued either following a conviction for a football-related offence or after a complaint by a local police force, British Transport Police or the Crown Prosecution Service.

An application can be put forward to the court to make an order in respect of a person who has at any time caused or contributed to football-related violence or disorder whether in the UK or elsewhere.

Breach of a Football Banning Order is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in prison, an unlimited fine or both, while a further order may be issued.

Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, said: “Racist abuse flooding footballers’ social media feeds all hours of the day has a profound impact on everyone involved in the game and it has to end.

“We are tackling this abhorrent behaviour in all forms. As well as banning racists from games, we are introducing ground-breaking new laws to stamp out abuse online and make sure tech firms tackle the hate on their sites.”

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Twitter users reacted with a new law revealed to punish fans who send online abuse to footballers…

@bigtoe1978: Not good enough. Should be a lifetime ban

@sarahcodd1: Good about time something happens

@FPL_TrickyReds: Only 10?

@MoonQuaver: There will be uproar from the lads in the middle east.

@CHendricks20: You telling me it took this long to come up with an idea like this?

@howler007: Good, but all social media accounts should be ID verified anyway to hold people accountable for what they post.

@AndyRush5: Could?? Up to 10 years?? No!! If you abuse someone online (racially or otherwise), you should be banned from all @UEFA @FA stadiums for life as well as the social media platform you chose to send your vile messages on! Same should apply to those who do it inside the stadiums!

@Geeeeeeezzzzzza: Why not life

@Neddinator: What if offenders don’t attend matches

@JoeObv: They can’t even ban the racists that attend the game so doubt this will achieve anything. How would you ban a troll account from attending a game? Arsenal were told by the ref only the other day to not celebrate in a certain corner of the ground because of racist chants…

@SaintStu19: 90% of them have never been to a game in their life anyway.

@padmastermark: Racist who start targeting people they should be a system where they get banned for life on all social media I never caught a second time they go to prison for five years

@KeithW16: This should be bare minimum, not just for football either. Baffles that they can pull down a post about copyright infringements in minutes #moneymoneymoney

@DanAuton2590: A temporary ban? Where’s this no tolerance approach everyone was going on about? This seems very much like you’re tolerating it and allowing the pondlife who commit these crimes to come back and do it over and over again as they please once they’ve served their time. Pathetic.

@CentyClaus: 10 years isn’t quite long enough but we will take it for now. Small mercies and all that.

@Lucdoggy: Not harsh enough. It’s literally a crime

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