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Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings hold talks with Government ministers about abuse in football 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings hold talks with Government ministers about tackling abuse in football

  • Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings held talks with Government ministers 
  • Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden led Zoom call about tackling abuse in football 
  • Troy Deeney, Anton Ferdinand and Karen Carney also took part in the talks 

Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings held talks with Government ministers on Monday about tackling abuse in football.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston led a Zoom call with the England stars and eight other football personalities, including Watford’s Troy Deeney and retired players turned broadcasters Anton Ferdinand and Karen Carney. 

Ferdinand recently fronted a BBC documentary about his experiences with racism, while Carney came off social media after receiving sexist abuse from Leeds supporters.

Jordan Henderson held talks with Government ministers about tackling abuse in football

On the call, players were asked to share their experiences of abuse, while ministers spelled out of their plans to tackle online harms in a new bill which will come before Parliament this year.

Dowden admitted: ‘To hear players talk about the level of abuse they have faced was humbling. Their input today has strengthened my resolve to bring in new laws to ensure there is much greater accountability from the social media platforms for dealing with such problems.’

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden led a Zoom meeting with ten football personalities

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden led a Zoom meeting with ten football personalities

Liverpool captain Henderson said: ‘The meeting was very important and I’m pleased that those with power and authority to enact change realise the seriousness of the abuse towards players.’

Aston Villa defender Mings, who has previously spoken out about racist abuse on social media, added: ‘I was pleased that the Secretary of State wanted to engage with, and listen to, the thoughts of us as players and ex-players. Hopefully this adds context when he attempts to deliver change on behalf of us.’

Women’ players Renee Hector and Rinsola Babajide were also on the call, as were the FA’s Paul Elliott, the PFA’s Simone Pound and Shaka Hislop from Show Racism the Red Card.

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