Following England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, the Football Association published a statement denouncing racial abuse aimed at a number of England players on social media.
An investigation into the abuse has also been launched by the Metropolitan Police Service.
“The Football Association strongly condemns all kinds of prejudice and is outraged by the online racism directed against some of our England players on social media,” the statement added early Monday.
“We cannot stress enough that anyone involved in such heinous behavior is not welcome to join the squad.”
“We will do everything we can to support the athletes impacted while calling for the harshest penalties available for those involved,” read a tweet from the Metropolitan Police: “We are aware of a number of unpleasant and racist social media remarks addressed against footballers following the #Euro2020 final.”
This abuse is completely wrong; it will not be condoned, and it will be investigated.” After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, England lost 3-2 on penalties.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks in the shootout, and all three players have faced racist abuse as a result.
At the time of writing, none of the players had responded, but the England team’s official Twitter account issued a statement.
“We’re appalled that several of our team – who have given everything for the shirt this summer – have been exposed to discriminatory internet abuse,” the statement read.
We’re outraged that several of our players, who have sacrificed so much for the shirt this summer, have been exposed to discriminatory internet abuse following tonight’s game.
We support our players [?]
[https://t.co/1Ce48XRHEl — England (@England) July 12, 2021 In a statement, the FA said it would “continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we ask government to act fast and enact up the proper legislation so that this abuse has real-life repercussions.”
“Social media firms need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution, and assist making their platforms free from this type of repulsive abuse,” said a number of high-profile Twitter users after the game.
“We are pleased of all the guys who put themselves up to take a pen – it takes a special kind of guts to step up in such a tense moment.”
We admire you boys, @BukayoSaka87 @Sanchooo10 @MarcusRashford,” said Rio Ferdinand, a former England international.
“The racial abuse I’ve seen directed at these immensely talented young footballers who helped us reach our first major tournament final in 55 years has been ugly and disgraceful,” wrote Magid Magid, Sheffield’s former lord mayor.
“Without them, England would not have achieved what it did.”
They are deserving of our unconditional love and support!