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[Published: Monday July 19 2021]

 Racists targeted England’s Black players, 1 million people signed petition to ban abusers 

LONDON, 19 July. - (ANA) - Under regulations from 1989 designed to deter offensive behavior, those who hurl racist abuse at players from the stands at stadiums are banned from attending matches. But the rules do not cover online trolling — of which there is plenty.
Facing growing criticism, the prime minister announced Wednesday that the order would be extended to cover online racism. 
Three women, Shaista Aziz, Amna Abdullatif and Huda Jawad, who describe themselves as the “Three Hijabis” because they are Muslim and wear hijabs, led much of the push among fans to stop future perpetrators both online and offline from watching soccer in a stadium, launching a petition on titled “Ban racists for life from all football matches in England." 
In an email to The Washington Post, Abdullatif said the response to the petition has been “incredible” and promised that the group’s work was just beginning. “We need to see action. 
We need to ensure we’re not just talking, which we’ve done many times before about racism in football. Words alone don’t create change,” she said. “Those perpetrating this behavior need to be held accountable.”
AB/ANA/19 July 2021 - - -

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