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Gogglebox’s Mo Gilligan sums up racism against England footballers

Bukayo Saka at the Euro 2020 tournament and Mo Gilligan on Celebrity Gogglebox

Mo said those who have targeted footballers with racism should be ‘ashamed’ (Picture: Channel 4/PA)

Celebrity Gogglebox star Mo Gilligan has been praised for his ‘wise words’ in response to the racism faced by members of the England men’s football team after their Euro 2020 final defeat.

On Sunday July 11, Italy were crowned the winners of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship after beating England in a penalty shoot-out.

Trolls have since targeted Marcus Rashford, Jaydon Sancho and Bukayo Saka online with racist abuse, with social media platforms criticised for failing to react quicker to the derogatory messages.

On the latest episode of Celebrity Gogglebox, the stars of the Channel 4 programme watched a news segment about the Euro 2020 final, including the barrage of racism targeted at the footballers.

Mo, who was watching with comedian Babatunde Aleshe, was commended by viewers for ‘nailing it’ as he summarised the incidents of racial abuse since the match.

‘It’s that classic thing of like when you’re doing well you’re English, if you’re not doing well you’re Black,’ the comedian and The Masked Singer UK judge said.

Babatunde and Mo watched the news segment about the Euro 2020 final (Picture: Channel 4)

Mo emphasised how at the end of the day, football is ‘just a game’.

‘It is just a game, and the fact that some people are going to take this to an extent that they need to then hurl racist abuse at players. You have to be ashamed of yourself. You really do,’ he said.

Several Celebrity Gogglebox viewers applauded Mo on his sage remarks, with one saying that he was ‘nailing it’.

‘Wise, wise words…’ someone else said, while another viewer tweeted: ‘The sadness in @MoTheComedian voice on #CelebrityGogglebox killed me.’

Earlier this week, it was reported that four people had been arrested with several more being investigated over racist tweets following the Euro 2020 final.

A mural of Rashford in Manchester was defaced, prompting crowds of people to leave supportive messages for the footballer on top of the wall.

Football teams from Super5, a league for women, non-binary and LGBT+ players, gathered on Westminster Bridge in London on Friday to show solidarity for Rashford, Sancho and Saka, showing up with banners and flares.

Celebrity Gogglebox returns next Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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