GMB’s Susanna Reid slams Boris Johnson for ‘utterly woeful’ response to racist abuse of footballers

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Susanna Reid has hit out at Boris Johnson for his response to racist abuse of footballers following the EUFA Euros 2020 final.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Britain, the presenter was discussing the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s handling of the racist abuse shown towards England football players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho. after the team lost to Italy on Sunday night’s match.

While her co-star Richard Madeley opined that Boris’ comments on Monday night’s Coronavirus press conference as a “pretty good, direct way” of speaking out, Susanna did not agree. s

A shocked Susanna questioned Richard: “Did you? Did you? Did you think that was?”

She added: “I just think that his response, I thought it was utterly woeful”.

Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid has criticised Boris Johnson's handling of racist abuse against footballers
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The Prime Minister had told a Downing Street press conference on Monday: “To those who have been directing racist abuse at some of the players I say shame on you and I hope you will crawl back under the rock from which you emerged.”

Citing his comment, Susanna said: “So they can still be there, they just exist under a rock.”

“I tell you what Richard what I also can’t stand about it is this typical Boris Johnson in that it’s not strong, it’s got a sort of comedy element to it.”

She questioned: “Why not, ‘we are going to take action?”

Boris Johnson called for racists to "crawl back under the rock" that they came from
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Susanna called for him to demand exposing IP addresses and tracking down those responsible for the racist abuse online.

Richard pondered if we had reached a “watershed moment” where we would look back on where things improved following the emergence of a “collective will” to punish those responsible for racist abuse.

The pair also discussed Tyrone Mings’ criticism of Priti Patel for slamming racist abuse but failing to support England players against the backlash from some quarters to them taking the knee.

Susanna described the PM's comments as "woeful" and containing a "comedy element"
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Susanna noted her failure to condemn those booing football players for taking the knee to protest against racism, later noted the government was criticised for "stirring the pot".

She later described Mings as "bold" for standing up to the Home Secretary and pointed out that many love these England footballers for their achievements.

*Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays from 6am to 9am on ITV.

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