Almost 1 million sign petition to permanently ban racists from football

A petition to permanently ban racists from football matches in England has reached almost one million signatures in just 24 hours.

Football fans Shaista Aziz, Amna Abdullatif and Huda Jawad created the petition on Monday in response to racist abuse aimed at England footballers Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat.

It calls for the Football Association (FA) and Government to work together to ban “all those who have carried out racist abuse, online or offline, from all football matches in England for life”.

The trio of campaigners, who call themselves The Three Hijabis due to their heritage and dress, have since seen their petition go viral – garnering more than 980,000 signatures by Tuesday evening.

“To go over one million… we feel validated in our resistance to racism and that what we have been able to articulate is the sentiment that is held nationwide,” Ms Jawad, a feminist and anti-racism activist, told the Press Association.

“This is not our petition – this is the nation speaking and saying this is not okay and enough is enough.

“It’s not about just educating people and having a softly-softly approach – this is the point where we are very clear about our red lines.”