The Government is changing the football banning order regime to cover online racism, Boris Johnson told MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions today.

The announcement came after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer thanked the England football team.

He told the Commons: “I’m so proud of this young, diverse and humble team and everything that it represents. They’re the very best of modern Britain, everything that I know this country can be.

“Does the Prime Minister think that it was wrong to criticise the England team’s decision to oppose racism by taking the knee as gesture politics?”

Boris Johnson replied: “I want to thank each and every one of them for what they did, their incredible campaign they ran in the Euro 2020 championships, and they do represent the very best of our country.

“I repeat that I utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night, and so what we’re doing today is taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning order regime is changed, so that if you are guilty of racist abuse online of footballers, then you will not be going to the match, no ifs, no buts, no exemptions and no excuses.”

Boris Johnson has previously spoken out about the racist abuse England football players received after their Euro 2020 defeat.

The Prime Minister called the social media abuse “appalling” writing that the team deserve to hailed as “heroes” following their loss to Italy.

He added that those who sent online abuse to the players should be “ashamed of themselves”.

The Football Association also issued a statement saying it is “appalled”, while the Metropolitan Police vowed to investigate.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed from the spot on Sunday night as England went down on penalties.

The trio’s social media pages were quickly flooded with racist comments, leading the Prime Minister and the FA to condemn the “disgusting behaviour”.