F1 News: Lewis Hamilton Hits Out At Online Racist Abuse From Football Fans After World Cup Final
Seven-time F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, has blasted social media users for racist comments about French football players, Aurelien Tchouameni and Randal Kolo Muani after the World Cup final.
Tchouameni and Kolo Muani played in the final in Qatar where France lost in a penalty shoot-out to Argentina. Other French player, Kingsley Coman, also received racist comments after the event.
Lewis Hamilton has been doing what he can to fight against racism for a long time and was a prominent supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He has also pushed for more diversity in Formula One.
The FIA recently announced that driver’s will now be banned from discussing their political, religious, and personal statements. They said in a statement:
“The general making and display of political, religious and personal statements or comments notably in violation of the general principle of neutrality promoted by the FIA under its statutes, unless previously approved in writing by the FIA for International Competitions, or by the relevant ASN for National Competitions within their jurisdiction.”
Hamilton shared to his Instagram stories that he was:
“Disgusted but not surprised.
“@Aurelientchm and @R_kolomuani gave it everything.
“They’re heroes to so many and deserve nothing but respect.”
The French Football Association also posted to Twitter:
“Following the World Cup final, several players of the French national team were subjected to unacceptable racist and hateful comments on social networks.
“The FFF condemns them and will file a complaint against their authors.”
Coman’s team Bayern Munich also spoke out about the inappropriate comments, they wrote to Twitter:
“FC Bayern strongly condemn the racist comments made towards Kingsley Coman. The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that football players have been targeted with racist abuse. Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham, and Marcuss Rashford were all subjected to online racist abuse after England lost a penalty shootout in the European Championships in Wembley last year.