England’s black players face racist abuse following the team’s widely watched loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening.
Following the defeat in the Euro 2020 final, social media was flooded with racial slurs including monkey and banana emojis young for the black players of the England team.
Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka, the three black players who were targeted by trolls and angry English fans.
These Three Black players had missed penalty kicks for England against Italy in the decisive European Championship shootout.
The England team lost, 3-2, to Italy amid a nail-biting penalty shootout.
Bukayo Saka,19, is one of the youngest players on the England squad, He missed the penalty that gave the title to Italy and denied England its first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
“Go back to Nigeria,” was one of the many messages directed at England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka.
Boris Johnson, Prince William condemn racist abuse of England’s Black players
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday condemned the racist abuse targeted at some of England’s Black players.
“This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,” Johnson said Monday, adding:
“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 12, 2021
Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.
“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable,” he tweeted.
I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021
It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W
England’s Football Association, FA also condemned the racist abuse.
European football’s governing body Uefa has condemned the “disgusting racist abuse”, adding: “We stand by the players and the FA’s call for the strongest possible punishments.”