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Hanger Farm Arts Centre cancels comedian Andrew Lawrence following racist tweets about England's Euro 2020 penalty shootout loss to Italy

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A TOTTON venue has cancelled a comedian's show after he posted racist comments on social media following England's defeat in the Euro 2020 tournament.

Andrew Lawrence was due to appear at Hanger Farm Arts Centre on 15th January 2022 as part of a tour which also included performances in London, Manchester and Maidstone.

After the match on Sunday night, when England lost to Italy in a penalty shootout, Lawrence made the comments on Twitter.

Andrew Lawrence was set to play Hanger Farm next year
Andrew Lawrence was set to play Hanger Farm next year

A spokesperson for the centre said: "Following the racist comments made by comedian Andrew Lawrence on Twitter we have made the decision to take his scheduled show at Hanger Farm Arts Centre off sale and the show will not take place.

"As a social enterprise of learning disability charity Minstead Trust, we work hard to promote inclusivity, provide safe spaces for everyone within our community and have zero tolerance for racism."

Other venues appear to have followed, with Lawrence's shows in Worcester, Cumbria and Gloucestershire confirmed as cancelled.

Teammates Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were subjected to racist abuse on social media after they failed to score penalties for their team, which was later condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said "those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves".

Lawrence's website states he is "one of the most highly regarded, in-demand live stand-up comedians in the UK" and has won many awards for his work.

He also appeared on BBC's Live At The Apollo in 2011.

The comic has since deleted his Twitter account. The A&T has approached his management for a comment.

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