England Manager Gareth Southgate condemned on Monday (July 12) the “unforgivable” online racist abuse of players following the team’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19, were the targets of the abuse after they missed spot-kicks in a penalty shootout with Italy which settled Sunday’s final after the game finished as a 1-1 draw.
The England team also released a statement condemning the abuse directed at its players on social media.
“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 team tweeted.
Twitter said it had removed more than 1,000 tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts following the “abhorrent” racist abuse directed at England players.
The comments have prompted a police investigation and wide condemnation, although critics accused some ministers of hypocrisy for refusing to support a high-profile anti-racist stance the players had made during the tournament.
England’s Football Association (FA) has also criticised the abuse, saying in a statement that “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.”
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