Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt slams Katie Hopkins for racism in Twitter spat


Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt was involved in a heated Twitter spat with the controversial Katie Hopkins on Thursday.

Van Aanholt wasn’t happy with comments Hopkins made about the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death while in police custody in Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, Hopkins tweeted: “Today is #whiteoutwednesday. I will shortly be posting a picture of my a**e. Thank you.”

To which Van Aanholt, 29, replied: “I don’t know who she is but WOW…2020 needs to cancel you.”

Hopkins followed up with a video demanding answers and questioning the integrity of the protests.

Van Aanholt again hit back by saying: “She really likes to talk – how long she been on this nonsense for?”

Hopkins then responded directly to the Palace star by saying: “Dear @pvanaanholt My name is Katie Hopkins. I am a white Christian Conservative. You May kneel and kiss my ring.”

The Dutchman replied by saying: “Dear @KTHopkins My name is Patrick van Aanholt, I am Dutch Black, I’m also Christian (not that colour or Religion has anything to do with it).

“As for your ring you are welcome to come to Selhurst and kiss my big toe …I’ll wait”

Hopkins has a reputation for sparking controversy on Twitter, having caused rows regarding terrorism, immigration, obesity, feminism and other topics over the years.

But Van Aanholt wasn’t happy with her comments on racism, replying to a Twitter follower: “Can’t have racism on twitter like that mate and not be called out.”

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