Sajid Javid wants tech giants to clamp down on football fans’ racist abuse on the internet

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SAJID Javid wants tech giants to clamp down on footie racism on the net.

The Home Secretary wants tech giants to crack down hard on fans who post vile messages on sites such as Twitter.

Chelsea fans shamed their club after a video was posted on Twitter showing six men branding Liverpool’s Muslim star Mo Salah a bomber
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Chelsea fans shamed their club after a video was posted on Twitter showing six men branding Liverpool’s Muslim star Mo Salah ‘a bomber’[/caption]

Target - Liverpool ace Mo Salah
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Target of vile video shared on social media – Liverpool ace Mo Salah[/caption]

And he has warned they will be held legally responsible for any content which crosses the line.

Mr Javid has demanded urgent action to tackle the scourge amid growing concerns about the return of racism to football grounds.

Chelsea fans shamed their club after a video was posted on Twitter showing six men branding Liverpool’s Muslim star Mo Salah “a bomber”.

The video went viral and has sparked a full inquiry by officials to identify the culprits.

The Home Secretary last night vowed that his plan to clean up the internet has been extended to cover hate crime – including racial abuse by football fans.

He told The Sun on Sunday: “Racism has no place in our society – let alone inside a football ground.

“The recent events are shocking, completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”

SOCIAL MEDIA FIRMS FACE FINANCIAL PENALTIES

Mr Javid praised the football authorities for its zero tolerance of racism inside football grounds – and wants social media firms to do their bit in tackling it online.

They will face financial penalties or blocking if they fail to act, under reforms planned by the government.

Ministers will ensure that the White Paper on “Online Harms” covers discriminatory abuse such as that posted by the travelling Chelsea fans.

Arsenal have also launched a probe into a social media post which appears to show Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly being racially abused during the Gunners’ 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Mr Javid, son of post-war Pakistani immigrants, added: “I know how it feels to be made to feel inferior for the colour of my skin.

“I admire the bravery of footballers who have spoken out and are taking a stand. But they shouldn’t have to do that in the first place.”

Laws are in place – including football banning orders – which can stop known troublemakers from attending matches.

A fan chanted the N-word at the star during Arsenal's game against Napoli
A fan chanted the N-word at the star during Arsenal’s game against Napoli
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Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was the subject of sick racist abuse during the team's match against Arsenal
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was the subject of sick racist abuse during the team’s match against Arsenal
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More than 1,800 “fans” have already been banished from football.

An extra £18,500 has been pumped into police forces over the last two months to tackle racist behaviour.

And £600,000 has been pumped into grassroots projects tackling racism in football through the Building a Stronger Britain programme.

A family who were bombarded with vile racist abuse that left a six-year-old boy in floods of tears have praised Liverpool FC’s amazing gesture.

Amir Malik had taken his son and daughter to Anfield for the Liverpool Legends v Milan Glorie show game in March.

But the kids were left in tears after a man launched a racist tirade calling the dad a “****** p*** b******”.

He had muttered racial slurs at the family but exploded in rage when Mr Malik’s son accidentally knocked his seat with his foot.

Steven Gallagher, 37, of Portglenone, County Antrim, has since been banned from the ground for life after admitting the abuse. He was also given a suspended prison sentence and fined £250.

Mr Malik and his family will be back at Anfield today to watch the Reds play Chelsea after the club send him tickets.

‘HORRIBLE MEMORY’ FOR KIDS

He said: “Can’t wait. Just told my boy he’s going to watch MO Salah play live and he’s just gone crazy.”

He hopes it will help his children forget the “horrible memory” of their first match.

The Home Secretary will set out his vision for protecting communities from crime and giving the next generation the best possible chance.

He will use a speech in East London to challenge fellow ministers  and industry to work together to prevent crime from being committed in the first place.


Mr Javid will argue for a dual approach that limits opportunities to commit crime, by intelligent and targeted use of design, data and technology, coupled with early intervention to transform the lives of young people at risk of being drawn into criminality.

He will say: “Crime is changing. And our response must change with it. And just as technology can help us prevent crimes, so too can it aid and abet the criminals.

“So I ask myself what more can business do to help us? Criminals are smart, but businesses need to get smarter. Products and services must be designed to make crime harder to commit.

“The tech might be new, but the principle is not.”

'ONLY THE COLOUR OF THE SHORT MATTERS' — SAJID JAVID, HOME SECRETARY

FOOTBALL is our most popular national sport.

Every weekend millions of passionate football fans from different races, religions and backgrounds pack into terraces, pubs and living rooms to share one common passion.

But, unfortunately, the Beautiful Game also has its ugly side. We have all seen the stories in the news of players being targeted with racist abuse.

Let me be clear — racism has no place in our society, let alone inside a football ground.

Our World Cup side  last summer was the most diverse England squad at a major tournament — nearly half  were children of migrants. And so we all must call out  behaviour that shames our sport.

What message are we sending to aspiring young footballers from black and ethnic communities if we don’t? And to  young fans and our own children?

I admire the bravery of footballers who have spoken out and are taking a stand. But they shouldn’t have to do that.

I know the Premier League are taking this issue seriously. I am too.

Let me be clear, everyone attending or taking part in a match has the right to feel safe.

Let’s make the only colour that matters be the colour of the shirt on the player’s back.

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