August 1, 2021

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England’s Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka targeted by racist abuse, latest news, reaction, Prince William tweet, Boris Johnson,


England’s Harry Kane, F1 legend Lewis Hamilton and Prince William have led the fight against so-called ‘fans’ after racist trolls targeted Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

All three players missed from the spot as Italy clinched the penalty shoot-out 3-2 after the tense final finished at 1-1 after extra time.

“They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night,” Kane tweeted.

“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen when the stakes were high.

“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

Seven-time F1 champion Hamilton added his voice to those in support of the trio, condemning the “vile” racism on Instagram.

“So much was running through my mind as [I] watched the final moments of the match last night,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.

“On one hand I was so proud of how far we have come …to be in the final and with such a diverse team is a huge achievement we should all be proud of but as the players stepped up to take the penalties I was worried.

“The pressure to deliver is felt by every sportsperson but when you are a minority representing your country this is a layered experience. Success would feel like a double victory, but a miss feels like a two-fold failure when its compounded with racist abuse.

“I so badly wanted that win like all of you but for me it was for much more than winning the [Euros], it was a much bigger picture. However, the disgusting behaviour by the few, shows how much work that still needs to be done. I hope that this opens a conversation around acceptance.

“We must work towards a society that doesn’t require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory. Ultimately everyone on the England team should be so proud of their achievement and how they represented us.

“Please call out those you see posting hatred online. Challenge them to see the humanity in everyone regardless of their colour.

“Super proud of how far the England team were able to go. Super proud of Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and the entire team.”

Prince William labelled the torrent of abuse ‘abhorrent’ and ‘totally unacceptable’, leading a flood of outrage from around the world.

“This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,” UK PM Boris Johnson said, adding: “Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”

England manager Gareth Southgate declared the abuse “unforgivable” and “not what we stand far.”

He added: “We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody.”

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“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,” the England FA tweeted.

“We stand with our players.” A separate statement said: “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.”

London’s Metropolitan Police said it was investigating the “offensive and racist” posts.

“We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final,” it said in a tweet.

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

English club Lleyton Orient handed one supporter a three-year ban after they were alerted to the individual’s racist abuse on Twitter.

England’s players have made a strong stand against racism at the tournament, taking a knee before their games including Sunday’s final.

England goalscorer Luke Shaw said the whole squad had rallied around their young teammates.

He said about Saka: “The most important thing for us now is to be there for him, give him a big hug and tell him to keep his head up. It happens. There’s Rashy and Sanch also. We’re with them all. With this team there are no individuals who cost us.”



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