Online racists to be banned from football matches, vows Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson has promised to ban people guilty of sending racist abuse to footballers from attending matches. The prime minister said he would ensure the “football banning order regime is changed” to crack down on racism.

Labour has been calling for the law to be changed after England players were subject to abuse. But Sir Keir Starmer said the PM’s promise to take action “rings hollow” after his previous refusal to condemn fans who booed players taking the knee.

An online petition calling for the FA and the government to ban those who have carried out racist abuse to be banned for life has reached over a million signatures.

A Football Banning Order is used to ban someone from attending matches for a set period of time, and can be imposed for offences such as throwing missiles onto the playing area or into the crowd, and racist or indecent chanting at a match.

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