Watch: Schoolboy tells Boris Johnson he's 'not doing enough' about racial abuse
A schoolboy whose letter defending Marcus Rashford went viral has now written to Boris Johnson, urging him to do more to tackle racist abuse.
Now Dexter, a Tottenham fan from Reading who says Harry Kane is his favourite player, has accused the prime minister of “not doing enough” about racism in the UK.
The letter, addressed to Johnson, reads: “I, Dexter Rosier, do not think you are doing enough about racial abuse.
“Personally I think racial abuse online should lead to many people being banned from social media.
“If it’s happening face to face it should lead to warnings, prison or other consequences.”
Boris Johnson revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the government is changing football banning orders to cover online racism, meaning trolls who attack players on social media could be it with lifetime match bans.
Dexter appeared on GMB on Wednesday, telling hosts Susannah Reid and Richard Madeley that he wrote to Rashford because he “was afraid he was feeling sad”.
He said: “People were being mean about him being Black. I wanted to cheer him up.”
The youngster also wrote a letter to Jadon Sancho, who missed a penalty during the deciding shootout at the end of Sunday’s game.
Dexter wrote: “My letter to Marcus [Rashford] went everywhere but it’s important that you know as well that you are also a hero.
“Who cares that you missed because it was still on target.
“At least you tried. If you hadn't tried we wouldn't be anywhere. So don't feel down, you tried, everyone tried.”
Following Sunday’s defeat, a mural in south Manchester of Rashford was defaced in what police are treating as a racist incident.
Dexter’s letter to Rashford read: “I hope you won’t be sad for too long because you are such a good person.
“Last year you inspired me to help people less fortunate. Then last night you inspired me again, to always be brave.
“I’m proud of you, you will always be a hero.”
A vigil in support of Rashford took place at the mural on Tuesday night, with messages left at the site.
Responding to the support, Rashford said: ”The messages I have received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.
“The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.”
No 10 said Johnson opened a meeting of his cabinet on Tuesday by condemning the racist attacks players were targeted with after Sunday’s match.
“He said the abuse was utterly disgraceful and had emerged from the dark spaces of the internet,” the prime minister’s official spokesman said.
“He said he would use today’s meeting with social media firms to reiterate the urgent need for action ahead of tougher laws coming into force through the Online Harms Bill.”
The spokesman added that social media companies should “do everything they can to identify these people”, including handing over details of those who posted racist content.
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