University withdraws offer from student over racist Snapchat

A university has withdrawn an offer from a student over a racist Snapchat about England footballers.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) said it does not tolerate racism and has told an incoming first year student that he has lost his place.

The voice note from a young man appeared to contain racist comments about England’s football players after they lost in the final round of the Euros 2020 to Italy, according to The Tab students newspaper.

In the voice note that was originally sent on the social media platform Snapchat, a young man can be heard saying in reference to the Euros 2020 final, “f—ing dirty n—–s”.

An NTU spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, including racism. We looked into this matter immediately and as a result have withdrawn an offer to an applicant.”

Earlier this week the Prime Minister announced that football fans who racially abuse players on the internet will be banned from attending games for up to 10 years.

Boris Johnson said the existing football banning order regime, introduced in 2000, would be expanded to cover online racism.

It means social media users who send racist abuse could be banned from games in the UK for between three and 10 years and may be asked to surrender their passports to a police station during international tournaments overseas.

The announcement came after England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka received a torrent of racist messages, including slurs and monkey and banana emojis, after missing shoot-out penalties in the Euro final on Sunday.

Mr Johnson told those who posted racist comments to “crawl back under your rock” and vowed to force social media giants to take more action against them.

This week Greater Manchester Police arrested and released a 37-year-old man under investigation in connection with social media posts directed towards England players on Sunday.

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