Comedy club sent abuse after Andrew Lawrence’s show was canceled
Police are investigating after a comedy club received an abusive email when it canceled a comedian’s next show because of racist tweets.
The Concorde Club in Eastleigh, Hampshire, have withdrawn an upcoming appearance by right-wing comic Andrew Lawrence after remarks he made on Twitter about England’s penalty shooters in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
After Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho missed penalties in the decisive shootout, Lawrence wrote online: “All I’m saying is Whites scored.”
He later added: “Equality, diversity, fucking penalties.”
Lawrence then deleted his Twitter profile in the wake of a backlash and was removed from the lineup during a series of concerts.
After the Concorde Club canceled his appearance next January, staff said they had received threat emails “of the worst kind.”
In a post, which the club shared on its Facebook page, staff were told they would be “randomly assaulted”, “grabbed and stabbed” and said family members would be targeted.
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The email adds, “Colorants will generally be thrown around the venue, especially on guest belongings.
“We will start to start fires on the premises over the next few months. All vehicles in your parking lot will be regularly damaged.”
Club owners said the email “rocked some of our employees.”
A Hampshire Police spokesperson told Yahoo News UK they are now investigating.
He said: “Our officers received reports of malicious communications and death threats against Concorde Club staff on Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh on Monday July 13th.
“The investigation is still in its early stages and as such, police investigations are ongoing at this time.
“The police have also provided appropriate protective advice to the organization and its staff.”
Richard Bucknall Management, who represents Lawrence, said the comedian was taken off their books as a result of his posts.
Several other venues – including the Chesham Comedy Club, the Hanger Farm Arts Center in Southampton and the Rosehill Theater in Whitehaven have also canceled Lawrence’s appearances, while websites like Worcester Live have said they will no longer sell tickets for his shows.
Several members of the England squad were racially abused after their loss to Italy on Sunday.
A Rashford mural was also defaced and the Prime Minister met with social media companies on Tuesday to discuss how to tackle racism online.
Schoolboy Dexter Rosier wrote a letter of support for Rashford, while sending one to Boris Johnson, accusing him of “not doing enough” to tackle racist abuse.
Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that the government is amending football ban orders to cover racism online, meaning trolls who post racist abuse could face life-long match bans.
Watch: people flock to the Rashford mural with messages of support