Nick Ferrari shuts down This Morning guests claim majority of UK is racist
Nick Ferrari: 'These aren't fans, these are hooligans'
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During Wednesday’s This Morning, ITV hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford invited guests Nicola Thorp and Nick Ferrari on to the show to discuss the latest news headlines. One of the main points of discussion was about the racist abuse some of the England football players have faced since they lost against Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The segment also saw them talk about the Marcus Rashford mural which had been defaced following Sunday’s Championship final. The mural, located in Manchester has since been flooded with messages of support from fans. However, things took an unexpected turn during the discussion when Nick clashed with Nicola over her remarks about the “majority” of the UK being racist.
The segment began with Eamonn discussing the positive reaction and support from fans since the footballer’s mural was vandalised.
“Crowds have gathered for a stand up to racism demonstration,” he began. “Held by that mural last night and the artist came and re-touched it and done all that he has.
“People were just not having it, were they?”
Nicola replied: “No, they weren’t having it. Lots of people are saying ‘Well if they were white footballers would they have received this level of abuse?’”
She continued: “No, they wouldn’t. They would have received abuse but not racist abuse.
“If we look back to the beginning of the tournament when the boys said they were going to take the knee.
“Fans in the stadium booed those players. And our politicians came out and almost encouraged the booing of the taking of the knee.
“And I think there is…although there is a minority of people who are sending out these tweets etc. Racism is in the majority of the population to a certain degree.”
“But when things like this happen,” she added. “People come out in crowds like they have done in Manchester and fought out against it.”
Chipping into the discussion, Ruth said: “Rashford even said himself yesterday ‘This is a community that has always supported me’.
“And they are showing that, and some.”
Nicola replied: “I just hope next time there is another football tournament and players decided to take the knee, we don’t debate whether or not that’s the right thing to do.”
“We just accept it and say ‘Yes, they should be taking the knee’,” she concluded.
Turning to Nick, Ruth asked: “Do you agree, Nick?”
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The radio host was quick to hit back at Nicola’s comments as he simply replied: “I was with Nicola until she said racism was with the majority of the population.
“I actually don’t agree, I think it’s a very vocal minority. I think they’ve been shown up for what they are.
“I get quite annoyed when people say these are England fans, these aren’t fans. They’re hooligans.”
“They look to peddle these vile views with any excuse they can possibly think of,” he concluded. “But I would argue with what you’ve just played out about the Marcus Rashford mural.
“The outrage that has been felt on programmes such as yours and my radio show. That is the true regards to racism in this country.”
The segment sparked a strong reaction from viewers, with many taking to social media to share their thoughts.
Some even criticised Nick for his views on racism, while others slammed Nicola for her remarks.
One viewer penned: “Nick who are YOU to say that racism comes from a small minority? Stop talking.” (sic)
Another said: “Great. Nicola is now calling the whole nation racists. Don’t you dare tar us all with the Priti brush.” (sic)
A third added: “NICOLA should stick to acting…to suggest we’re all racist?! Can’t believe what she has just said! I hate racism of any kind!”
“So, Nicola is now calling the whole of the UK racist?” a fourth commented.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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