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Statement from Councillor Terry Fox on the racist abuse towards England players

Town hall early evening

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.”