Patrice Evra has condemned social media platforms and believes that they allow people to spread racism. the most recent example is the euro 2020 final. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were racially abused on social media after they missed penalties in the penalty shootout. A number of people came out to condemn this abuse but not everyone has been in their shoes. Patrice Evra who enjoyed a successful career with both Manchester United, Juventus and the France national team believes that racism was his toughest opponent throughout his career.
“Football, you know, is a joy to watch and you bring a lot of emotion. And when people are disappointed, you can feel the hate. The hate comes out really strongly,” Patrice Evra said about racism on social media. ”Then people and I don’t know why, instead of saying things like, ‘Oh, he’s such a bad player, he shouldn’t miss a penalty, they involve your religion, your colour.”
“I wasn’t surprised. I feel it is disgusting. And those people have to be ashamed of themselves because they brought so much shame to the country of England.” he added. “It was painful to watch. Especially because those kids (Rashford, Sancho, Saka) may not be as strong as other people. And it’s not fair because we should be proud of it. I’m not an English person. But trust me, I was so proud of the way England did this tournament.”