Aston Villa defender, Tyrone Mings, came out on Twitter to criticize the UK Home Secretary. After her comments on England players taking the knee in EURO 2020. Home Secretary Priti Patel accused the English national team of participating in “gesture politics.” However, the Home Secretary tweeted that she had been disgusted by the online abuse that Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka received. After missing their penalties against Italy. This led to Mings� comments on social media.
You don�t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as �Gesture Politics� & then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we�re campaigning against, happens.Tyrone Mings on Twitter
Patel’s comments and potential political fallout of the government
Patel decided not to comment on Mings� tweet after CNN reached out for an answer. Instead, she decided to stress the importance of her comments on online abuse to the House of Commons on Monday.
“I am disgusted that @England players who have given so much for our country this summer have been subject to vile racist abuse on social media. It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable.”Priti Patel on Twitter
This tweet by Priti Patel came after the Home Secretary said that fans had the right to boo the English players who are taking a knee to fight against racism. “That�s a choice for them,” said Patel.
These comments caught the attention of Mings. Who tweeted at Patel. Moreover, prime minister Boris Johnson did not condemn fans who booed England players for taking a stand. Due to this, Labour leader Leir Stamer told reports that Johnson failed the ��test of leadership�� after his actions. In addition, political analyst Tim Bale said that the UK government could suffer a political fallout after their comments.