Leading organisations and public figures have condemned the onslaught of racial abuse faced by England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after yesterday’s loss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
The Metropolitan Police said it is investigating messages sent to the three players, who all missed penalties in the shootout which decided the game, adding that the “abuse is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The Football Association released a statement, saying it “strongly condemns” all forms of discrimination and is “appalled” by the online racism aimed at some of the English players on social media. The organisation said it is doing all it can to “support the players affected” as well as urging the “toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”
This was echoed by theEngland Team who said they were “disgusted” by the racial abuse faced by some of their players — who have given “everything for the shirt this summer.”
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 ❤️ https://t.co/1Ce48XRHEl
— England (@England) July 12, 2021
The racial abuse has also been condemned by leading football clubs around the country, with Arsenal saying they “couldn’t be prouder” of Saka, who was praised for his performances in an Arsenal shirt over the last season and in an England shirt this summer, but sad “once again” to say that they condemn the racism of a number of Black players.