By Rachael Grealish
A comedian has had his shows cancelled across the UK, including in Whitehaven, for making racist comments after England lost Euro 2020.
Rosehill Theatre has cancelled the upcoming Andrew Lawrence performance after he took to Twitter posting racist comments after England lost 3-2 in the penalty shoot out.
He first tweeted: “All I’m saying is, the white guys scored.”
He then added: “Equality, diversity, s*** penalties.”
In another tweet, the comedian wrote: “I can see that this has offended a lot of people, and I’m sorry that black guys are bad at penalties.”
The 41-year-old then commented on Marcus Rashford saying: “Rather he’d practised his penalties and the kids had gone hungry.”
The comments drew in an abundance of criticism and his Twitter account has since been deleted.
Rosehill Theatre released a statement which read: “Our trustees and staff agree with concerns raised over Andrew Lawrence’s posts on social media following the Euro 2020 final.
“We do not share his views and comments. We promote equality, diversity & inclusion and Rosehill has no room for racism.
“His scheduled visit to Rosehill was removed from sale earlier today and our box office is in the process of contacting ticket holders to offer a full refund.”
Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall, Eastleigh’s Concorde Club and Scallywags Comedy Club in Gloucestershire have also cancelled dates on Lawrence’s forthcoming tour.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed their penalties in the shootout and suffered disgusting and horrific racist abuse across their social media platforms.
This abuse has since been condemned by the England manager, Gareth Southgate, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.