The English Football Association and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have decried the racist comments slammed against Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who all missed penalties as England endured penalty shootout heartbreak in their Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy, Sunday.
The trio’s social media pages were quickly flooded with racist comments as the Azzurri of Italy went ahead to win the Euro 3:2 on penalties after a pulsating 1:1 draw in 120 minutes of play.
Condemning the racist abuse suffered by the players, the English FA in a statement said it’s a “disgusting behaviour”.
The English FA statement reads: “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. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore the government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.
“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”
The London Metropolitan Police also condemned the “unacceptable” abuse, adding it will be investigating the “offensive and racist” social media posts.
The force said in a statement on Twitter: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final.
“This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
The official Twitter account for the England men’s and women’s national teams offered support to the victimised players.
Prime Minister Johnson also offered his support for the players.
“This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,” he tweeted.
“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to do more to hold to account those responsible for sending online abuse.
He wrote on Twitter: “There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else. Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we have seen must be held accountable – and social media companies need to act immediately to remove and prevent this hate.”