Black History Month is a time for the UK to celebrate Black history, culture and heritage, and be empowered to take action to tackle racism.
Statement from Councillor Terry Fox on the racist abuse towards England players
Cllr Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This England team are heroes, both on and off the pitch. They have given this country the lift we absolutely needed – England in the final of a major tournament, it’s the stuff of dreams, especially after the year we’ve had. But more than that, they’ve inspired a generation. From taking the knee, to wearing the Pride armband and campaigning for children to be able to eat during the school holidays, this group of lads are a different level. I’m just so proud of them, and of course our Three Lions from Sheffield, Kyle Walker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Maguire.
“Most people, I know, will join me in thanking the lads. But we have seen others hurling racist abuse. I am absolutely disgusted by the hate aimed at the players, those who showed courage to step up and take a penalty for their country on the biggest stage. We know racism exists in our country, and on our own doorstep here in Sheffield. There is a role for us all to play, and work we all need to do, including here at the council. We must work together, and send a message loud and clear – there is no room for racism in England, in Sheffield, or anywhere else.”
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