European football’s chief has accused Boris Johnson of fuelling racism.

The world is finally waking up to the bigotry of a Tory leader hoping to scaremonger and lie his way back into Downing Street.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin’s astonishing criticism is justified as the Prime Minister’s crude insults mocking people because of the colour of their skin are shameful.

Mr Johnson’s lack of contrition reinforces the belief that he is a cynical politician prepared to get dirty in the gutter to win votes from unpleasant reactionaries. He is a valueless figure without moral boundaries.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin spoke with the Mirror

Football must do much more to stamp out the racism staining the game, as UEFA’s head acknowledges, yet Mr Johnson needs to apologise for his own bad behaviour and pledge never to repeat it before he lectures others.

Racism in football feeds on wider racism in society so Mr Johnson has played a poisonous role in fermenting prejudice by appearing to legitimise the unacceptable.

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