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After The Euro 2020 Final Portsmouth Began Disciplinary Proceedings For Suspected Racist Statements In The U18 Group Chat

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties in the shootout and were racially harassed online after the game; Portsmouth have initiated disciplinary proceedings after conducting an investigation into accusations that some of the club’s U18 players shared abusive remarks in a secret group chat following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy; Portsmouth have launched disciplinary proceedings after concluding an investigation into allegations that some of the club’s U18 players shared abusive posts in a private group chat
Following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy earlier this month, photographs of posts in a private discussion surfaced on social media, prompting the League One team to launch an investigation.
While the investigation was ongoing, all members of the team were suspended, but those found not to be involved have now been allowed to return to training.
“Portsmouth Football Club have concluded an inquiry into discriminatory communications that originated from an Academy U18 private group chat,” the club announced in a statement on its official website.
“A disciplinary process will now begin, which will last a minimum of five working days in accordance with club policy and employment legislation.”
“While the investigation was underway, all members of the U18 team were suspended, but those who were not involved in the disciplinary process have since returned to training.”
“With that in mind, and in light of this delicate situation, Portsmouth FC respectfully requests that everyone exercise caution in their usage of social media posts directed at any of its employees or, indeed, any other third parties.”
“Until the disciplinary process is completed, the club will not make any further comments.” Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties in the shootout that gave Italy the victory at Wembley, and were then exposed to racial abuse online.

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