England Euro 2020 stars hit with racist abuse after penalties heartbreak

England Euro 2020 stars hit with racist abuse after penalties heartbreak

The FA have condemned the “disgusting” racist comments directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

The Football Association and England have released a statement to condemn the “disgusting” racist abuse aimed at England players after their bid to win Euro 2020 ended in penalty heartbreak.

The Three Lions took on Italy in yesterday’s showpiece – and the nation’s dreams ended in crushing fashion after Italy pipped them 3-2 in the deciding shootout.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed with their attempts from the spot and were subjected to sickening racist abuse – as MirrorOnline reports.

The social media pages of the three England stars were flooded with abuse – which prompted the FA to release a statement to slam the “disgusting behaviour.”

The statement read: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

“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.”

The three players also received support from the official Twitter account for the England men’s and women’s national teams.

A statement said: “We’re disgusted that some of our squad – who have given everything for the shirt this summer – have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game. We stand with our players.”

The Met Police have also released a statement on Twitter to condemn the “totally unacceptable” behaviour.

They said: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the Euro 2020 final.

“This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said it is time for social media companies to take more responsibility to prevent racist abuse online.

He said: “There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else.

“Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we have seen must be held accountable – and social media companies need to act immediately to remove and prevent this hate.”

The three players who missed the penalties all arrived from the bench – with Saka entering the game in the second half of normal time and Rashford and Sancho coming on in the last few minutes of extra time.

The Arsenal youngster was visibly distraught following his penalty miss and he received the full support of his manager after the game.

Gareth Southgate told the BBC after the game: “It’s down to me, I decided on the penalty takers based on what we did in training. Nobody is on their own, we’ve won together as a team.

“In terms of the penalties, that’s my call and it rests on me.”

 

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