Everton legend Neville Southall slams Johnson over asylum seekers

Everton legend has shown his support for asylum seekers trying to escape to the UK and slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the process.

The Blues favourite is known for sticking up for vulnerable groups on his Twitter account, which has more than 160,000 followers.

Mr Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel have been ramping up the rhetoric regarding those attempting the dangerous Channel crossing from France – with the Prime Minister describing the crossings of '"very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal."

Humanitarian groups and charities have accused the government of using inflammatory language towards those fleeing conflict and trying to seek asylum here – with plans to involve the military in stopping people from trying to enter the UK being discussed.

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Now former Everton and Wales goalkeeper Southall has hit out at the Prime Minister and defended some of the common tropes aimed at those seeking asylum in the UK.

On twitter he said: "It’s funny , I used to coach some asylum seeking lads in Dover.

"Never once did I hear them talk about benefits, taking people's houses or jobs.

"Just really looking forward to starting a new life. Lovely, polite lads and Johnson thinks their (sic) the enemy . T**t."

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Neville's tweet has gone down well on the social media site, garnering nearly 8,000 likes in just three hours.

He also responded to one commenter who made the incorrect statement that asylum seekers must stay in the first country they arrive in having fled their home nations.

Under the Geneva Convention, there is no obligation for asylum seekers to remain in the first 'safe' country that they arrive in.

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The convention recognises that people looking to rebuild their lives may want to try and do this in a country they have more connections with or where they know more of the language.

Responding to the comment on twitter, Neville said: "You go to a country that makes you and your family feel safe and what’s the best place for you – or would you prefer they just stay and risk the families getting killed?"

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