July 12, 2021

FA Condemns Racial Abuse Against England Players

The Football Association has criticised the racist online abuse suffered by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday, 11 July.

England’s attacking trio failed to net their penalty shots, which led to the Three Lions’ loss.

Immediately after the game, their social media pages were flooded with racist comments, which prompted the FA’s intervention.

The FA released a statement and 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.”

It added: “We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has also dubbed such behavior as “appalling”, saying the team deserves to be praised as heroes and not be abused online.

The official Twitter account for the England national teams posted: “We stand with our players.”

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