Actor Jason Sudeikis has thrown his support behind English soccer professionals who have been the target of racist abuse, according to CNN’s Amy Woodyatt.
After missing penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were harassed on social media.
Sudeikis showed his support for Saka, Sancho, and Rashford by donning a black hoodie with the players’ initial names on the front at the premiere event for Season 2 of his Apple TV sitcom “Ted Lasso.”
Sudeikis co-wrote and acts in the comedy series, which follows a small-town football lead who is appointed to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no prior coaching expertise.
For the show, which premiered on Apple TV+ in August 2020, the actor received an Emmy nomination on Tuesday for best actor in a comedy series.
“During tonight’s Ted Show Season 2 Premiere, there was a lot of love for Jason Sudeikis’ sweatshirt.”
“Shows that, like his character, he truly understands that football, at its heart, is all about human goodness,” Roger Bennett, co-host of the popular NBC TV show and podcast “Men in Blazers,” tweeted. Online racist abuse Before and during the Euros 2020, England players knelt before each of their matches in a show of unity in the battle against racism and inequality.
Some England fans were enraged by this, and as the players knelt, some fans booed.
Following the team’s defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, players were subjected to online racial abuse, which Gareth Southgate called as “unforgivable.” London’s Metropolitan Police stated it was investigating “awful” social media remarks on both Instagram and Twitter, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the racist abuse.
Rashford, a striker, has been vocal about the racial abuse he has received throughout his career.
“I’ve progressed to the point where I expect to read stuff about myself in the media.”
Whether it’s my skin color, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I choose to spend my time off the field,” Rashford wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Rashford, who missed a penalty kick in the final game, said that he could “take criticism of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologize for who I am and where I come from.” A mural celebrating Rashford was destroyed with graffiti in Manchester, United Kingdom, just hours after England’s defeat against Italy.
The artwork was created to honor Manchester United’s efforts to alleviate child hunger.
On Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said: “Although the content of the graffiti is not considered to be of a racial nature, officers are keeping an open mind as to the intent behind defacing the artwork,” adding that it had now been restored.
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Ben Morse of CNN Sports provided reporting.