High end agency Savills is conducting “a full investigation” into a racist tweet posted overnight.
A Savills statement posted on Twitter this morning at around 0820 said: “Savills is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. A full investigation will be carried out in regards to this unacceptable incident.”
A separate statement issued to Estate Agent Today at around 0900 said: "Savills abhors and has zero tolerance to any form of racism and racial discrimination and is appalled by the racist comments in these tweets. Savills is immediately investigating and will take appropriate action."
The Savills statements do not name any specific event but are thought to relate to an employee who apparently posted a racist tweet overnight via his personal Twitter account, after England’s defeat in the Euros 2020 final.
The tweet - screenshot and widely circulated on social media this morning - has now been deleted by the employee, who has also deleted his entire personal Twitter account.
However, thousands of subsequent tweets from shocked members of the public have recirculated the offending statements and have demanded to know Savills' response.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister has this morning tweeted: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
And the FA says: "We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
"We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences. Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse."