Window cleaner who wrote racist England post moans he’s the one being ‘abused’
A window cleaner who posted a racist comment on social media about the England football team has complained about the backlash online.
Shaun Drewery dismissed his words as just "banter" on a photo of an England Under 17s football team beside an image of the 1966 World Cup winners.
As sickened social media users shared their disgust, Drewery's two vile posts went viral in light of outrage at streams of racism targeting England's Euro 2020 heroes.
The owner of North Ferriby Cleaning Services, from East Riding of Yorkshire, claims he now fears for his life and moaned "no one deserves this abuse".
When challenged by Hull Live, Drewery – who had initially claimed his phone had been stolen — admitted making the posts, referring to the young England players as "c****'', but claimed it was "banter" and "flippant".
As a result of his comments, Drewery has seen his business page bombarded with zero-rating reviews after one Facebook page dedicated to local trades encouraged its followers to post their views on him.
He has also seen his name and post, which was screenshotted, widely circulated among community Facebook pages right across Hull and the East Riding.
People have widely condemned the window cleaner for his use of the slur, with some saying they have reported Drewery to Humberside Police. However, the force would neither confirm nor deny this.
Drewery told Hull Live: "I wrote one flippant word, on a post that wasn't mine, which has been blown massively out of context.
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"My friend posted this original post and me and my friend commented on it, four weeks ago.
"Yes it was stupid tongue-in-cheek banter, again, not on mine or my friend's wall. I've had so many death threats."
He claims he has had to install CCTV, dashcam, and body cams to protect himself.
"The police are involved about these threats and realise it has got out of control as tongue-in-cheek banter."
With his own comments going viral online, Drewery has now said he has received a verbal warning from Humberside Police.
He added: "Nobody deserves this kind of abuse over one flippant word."
Drewery also says he is on medication and has been suffering from health issues.
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