On Twitter, she said: ‘I never said I hated this country! People try to put words in my mouth but they can’t. That’s why I speak out. I LOVE MY PEOPLE.
Gwen Berry: ‘These comments really show that: 1.) people in American rally patriotism over basic morality. 2.) Even after the murder of George Floyd and so many others; the commercials, statements, and phony sentiments regarding black lives were just a hoax.’
‘They only love us when it benefits them’: Hammer thrower Gwen Berry – who turned her back on the Stars and Stripes – weighs in on racist abuse of England’s black soccer players who missed Euros final penalty kicks
Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry who turned her back on the US flag during the national anthem has weighed in on the racist abuse directed at England soccer players, saying that fans ‘only love us when it benefits them’.
The 32-year-old Olympian tweeted on Monday that the racist abuse three black players – Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19, – had faced was a ‘heartbreaking situation’ following their defeat in the Euro final.
The English players have faced a storm of online racist abuse after they each missed spot-kicks in a penalty shootout with Italy a day earlier.
‘We must stand against these social issues until they no longer affect our lives! Sending my love to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka and their families.’
She added that: ‘They only love us when it benefits them.’
Berry joined the chorus of sport stars, royalty, religious leaders and politicians who condemned the racist abuse.
Facebook and Twitter said on Monday they were scrambling to take down the racially abusive comments directed at the English players. Instagram, however, told users that monkey emojis ‘DON’T breach rules’.
‘The abhorrent racist abuse directed at England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter,’ a Twitter spokesperson said.
‘In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules – the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology. ‘