Richard Madeley has called to ’lock away’ racist social media users in an impassioned speech on Good Morning Britain following England’s defeat to Italy.
It comes after the FA posted a statement about the abuse, saying: ‘The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some out our England players on social media.
‘We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments for anyone responsible.’
Richard was speaking to co-presenter Sean Fletcher when he decried the reaction from members of the public who sent racist messages to the players after the game.
The 65-year-old said: ‘It’s not enough just to decry it and call it disgusting. We have to track these people down, and it is possible through IP addresses.’
Gareth Southgate consoled Jadon Sancho after his penalty miss (Picture: Pool via REUTERS)
Richard hit out at racist social media users (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
‘We need to spend some time and some money to get these guys and to lock them away.’
He added: ‘It is not representative of this country. It is a disgusting distortion of what this country now is today. It didn’t use to be, but now we are a properly diverse, wonderful country to live in today.
Bukayo Saka was subjected to racist messages online (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
‘These people who are sending these messages are breaking the law. They’re breaking a profound moral code and they need to be dragged by the scruff of the neck into the dock.’
Susanna Reid added: ‘We’re united in condemning the racist abuse. It is heartbreak after heartbreak… Frankly, it’s disgusting. The full force of the law should be brought down on their heads.’
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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