Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend calls for racists to face jail time after another weekend of football shame
Kick It Out campaigner Troy Townsend has called on authorities to put racist football fans behind bars following more disgraceful scenes on the weekend.
A Brentford supporter was arrested for racially abusing Derby midfielder Duane Holmes, while police are also investigating a sickening message sent to wing back Nathan Byrne on social media.
Northampton have also revealed that a number of their first-team squad were abused ahead of their game at Notts County as they went on a pre-match walk.
The problem appears to be worsening with each passing week, and Townsend insists it won’t stop unless serious action is taken.
“Some of it has nothing to do with the game. Some of it is just downright offensive to the point that some of these people need to be arrested and locked up until they do understand the impact of what they’re saying,” he told talkSPORT.
“I applaud the players who are taking a stance and not just accepting it.
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“Players have been let down for the longest period of time because of the actions within the game are not strong enough.”
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha shared a tweet which described him as a ‘diving monkey’ – and Townsend argues that social media serves to fuel racism.
“I’ve seen a statement from Twitter which says they take this stuff seriously, but obviously they don’t,” Townsend added.
“The threatening and racist language should highlight to anyone that you cannot have a platform which serves opinions like it does and then puts out statements which say it takes this stuff really seriously.
“If those social media platforms are not going to recognise the racial hatred that is being groomed on their platforms, then we can talk all we want but no action will ever get taken.”
And Townsend believes it is only a matter of time before players decide enough is enough.
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He continued: “The strength of the players is at its highest. I honestly don’t think we are that far away from players doing what I think they should do and walking off the pitch.
“It’s great us talking about Montenegro, we all come out in force when it happens in Montenegro to our national side.
“But we tend to hide it when it’s happening in our own country. We tend to delay things or hope it’s gone away. The players aren’t allowing that anymore.
“We’re not far away from players going, ‘We’ve asked you, you haven’t done anything. If the authorities won’t do anything, we’ll just take the matter into our own hands and walk off a football pitch’.
“It’ll be a sad day for a game, but ultimately it may be the moment where the focus is on everyone to stop talking and start taking action.”
Source: Prem News