The British Football Association, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the national team criticized online racism against black players.
The English Football Association and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the online racism against players after the team lost to Italy on a penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final.
On Sunday, the two sides drew 1-1 after overtime. Italy won the penalty shootout with a score of 3-2. England players Marcus Rashford, Sancho and Bukayo Saka are all blacks. Missing penalty.
A statement issued early Monday morning said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is shocked by the online racism against some of our English players on social media.”
-The Football Association (@FA) July 12, 2021
“We are very aware that anyone behind this disgusting behavior is not welcome to follow the team. We will do our best to support the affected players and urge the severest punishment of anyone responsible.”
The England team also issued a statement condemning the abuse of its players on social media.
The team wrote on Twitter: “We are disgusted that some of our teams-who gave everything for this jersey this summer-suffered discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game.”
Prime Minister Johnson also stood behind the players, saying that this team deserves to be praised as a hero.
“Those who are responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” he wrote on Twitter.
This England team should be praised as a hero, not racist on social media.
Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.
-Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 12, 2021
British police said they will investigate these posts.
“We are aware of some offensive and racist social media comments against football players after the #Euro2020 finals,” the Metropolitan Police wrote on Twitter.
“This kind of abuse is totally unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and will be investigated.”
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to remove such content from his platform.
Khan said in a tweet: “Those who are responsible for the disgusting online abuse we see must be held accountable-social media companies need to take immediate action to eliminate and prevent this hatred.”
England players resolutely opposed racism in the game, kneeling on one knee before the game, including in the final on Sunday.
Arsenal sent a message of support to their winger Saka, while Rashford received the support of his club Manchester United.
“Football can be so cruel. But for your personality…your character…your bravery…we will always be proud of you. We can’t wait to get you back,” Arsenal wrote on Twitter.
Manchester United said they look forward to welcoming Rashford home, adding: “A kick does not define you as a player or an individual.”