The Football Association released a statement condemning racist social media abuse against a number of England players following their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The Metropolitan Police also opened up an investigation into the abuse.
“The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism which targets some of our English players on social networks,” the statement said early Monday morning.
“We couldn’t be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is unwelcome to follow the team. We will do our utmost to support the affected players while demanding the most severe penalties possible for anyone responsible. “
A tweet from the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist comments on social media directed at footballers after the # Euro2020 final. This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.
England lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to score their shots on goal in the shootout and all three were the target of racist abuse. None of the players have commented at the time of writing, but the official England squad Twitter account has released a statement.
“We are disgusted that some of our team – who have given their all for the jersey this summer – have been victims of discriminatory abuse online,” he said.
The FA statement said it “will continue to do everything possible to eliminate discrimination, but we urge the government to act quickly and pass the appropriate legislation so that this abuse has real consequences.”
“Social media companies need to step up their efforts and take responsibility and take action to ban attackers from their platforms, collect evidence that can lead to prosecution and support the release of their platforms from this kind of heinous abuse. “
A number of prominent Twitter users have lent their support to the players after the game, while Instagram has been inundated with positive comments in an attempt to cover up racist abuse. “All the boys who stepped forward to pick up a pen that we’re proud of – takes a form of bravery to step up in such pressurized situations. @BukayoSaka87 Sanchooo10 @MarcusRashford we salute you boys, ”wrote former England international Rio Ferdinand.
“The racist abuse I’ve seen against these incredibly talented young players who helped us get to our first major tournament final in 55 years has been vile and disgusting,” wrote Magid Magid, the former Mayor of Sheffield. “England wouldn’t have achieved what they did without them. They deserve all our love and support!