Posted: Jul 12, 2021 10:53 GMT
The “abhorrent behavior” of some fans on social media was condemned by Prince William, Boris Johnson and the England team, among others.
The social media accounts of England national team players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were ‘bombarded’ with racist insults after they failed to convert their shots in the penalty shootout and their team was defeated in the final of Euro 2020 against Italy.
Prince William showed his support for the footballers on Twitter, posting on Monday that he felt “disgusted by the racist abuse.” “It is totally unacceptable that players have to put up with this abhorrent behavior,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the “heinous” racist insults. “The England team deserve to be praised as heroes, not to be subjected to racist abuse on social media,” he tweeted, stressing that “those responsible for this heinous abuse should be ashamed.”
This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 12, 2021
For its part, the country’s Football Association issued a statement shortly after the end of the match in which it denounced “all forms of discrimination” and the “disgusting behavior” shown by some fans on the Internet, while urging the Police to apply “the harshest possible punishments.”
“We cannot be clearer in saying that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is not welcome to follow the team,” the message added.
Meanwhile, the London Metropolitan Police pointed out that it is “aware of a series of offensive and racist comments” directed at footballers and assured that “this abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
Although none of the affected athletes made any comments at the moment, the English team declared on its Twitter account that it is “disgusted” that some of the players, “who have given everything for the shirt this summer, have been subjected to discriminatory abuse “.
In addition, several ‘high-level’ users gave their support to the players after the match. “We are proud of you, it takes a form of courage to step forward in such high-pressure situations,” wrote Rio Ferdinand, a former Manchester United player, expressing his support for Saka, Sancho and Rashford.
Likewise, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called on social media platforms to act “immediately to eliminate and prevent this hatred.” “There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else,” he defended.
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