Football fans who are racist towards players on the internet will be banned from attending games for up to 10 years, Boris Johnson has announced.

The Prime Minister said the existing football banning order regime, introduced in 2000, would be expanded to cover online racism.

Social media users who send racist abuse could be banned from games in the UK for between three and 10 years, and may be asked to surrender their passports to a police station during international tournaments abroad.

The announcement on Wednesday follows a night of abuse for three black England players who missed penalties at the Euro 2020 final.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka received a torrent of racist messages, including slurs and monkey and banana emojis.

Mr Johnson told those who posted racist comments to "crawl back under your rock" and vowed to force social media giants to take more action against them.

Representatives from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others were summoned to Downing Street on Tuesday night to be told they should give up the identities of racist users so the Government could "make an example" of them.

Mr Johnson used Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday to announce the policy, telling MPs: "I utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night.

"So what we are doing is taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning regime is changed so that if you are guilty of racist abuse online on football, then you will not be going to the match.

"No ifs, no buts, no exemptions, no excuses."

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, responded by accusing the Government of trying to "stoke a culture war", only to realise that they were on the wrong side.

"Why will the Prime Minister refuse time and time again – even now – to condemn those who boo our players for standing up against racism?" he asked.

"Far from giving racism the red card, the Prime Minister gave it the green light."

England's Marcus Rashford (left), Jadon Sancho (second from left) and Bukayo Saka (right) received a torrent of racist messages after the Euro 2020 final

Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire./Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Football banning orders allow a magistrate to prevent someone who commits a "relevant offence" from attending regulated matches in the UK.

The announcement on Wednesday means people convicted of online racist abuse will also be subject to the banning orders.

The Home Office’s online safety bill will create a new offence that will be eligible for a football banning order. A government source said it would make online racism equivalent in law with football-related racism in person, such as racist chanting at matches.

Most banning orders are issued for violent disorder or "alcohol offences". As of August 2020, there were 1,621 in force in the UK.

Separately, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, was forced to intervene on Wednesday after a random ballot of MPs failed to select any ethnic minority members to speak on an urgent question about racism.

Labour’s Marsha de Cordova said she was "very disappointed" no black MPs were called to speak.

Sir Lindsay added ethnic minority members to the list of speakers to remedy what he described as an "extremely regrettable situation".