The English Football Federation (FA) said it was “Dismayed” and ” disgusted “ by racist comments posted on social networks against Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three players who missed their shot on goal in the Euro final lost to Italy on Sunday July 11 at Wembley.
“We are disgusted to see that members of our team, who gave their all this summer, were subjected to discriminatory assault online after tonight’s game”, the FA said on its Twitter account. “We support our players”, she insisted.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also strongly condemned the insults: ” [Les joueurs de] the English team deserve to be hailed as heroes, not to be the target of racist abuse on social networks. Those responsible for these appalling abuses should be ashamed ”, he wrote on Twitter.
The authors of insults “not welcome among the supporters”
The three players, who entered during the match, missed their attempt to shoot at goal, sealing the defeat of England against Italy (1-1 ap, 3-2 tab) and thus shattering everyone’s dream. country that hoped to clinch a second major title, fifty-five years after its home success in the 1966 World Cup.
In a statement, the FA recalled that it “Condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the racism disseminated on social networks against some of the players from England”.
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“We are saying in the clearest possible way that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is not welcome among the supporters of this team.”. London police have announced that they are “Investigating” on these publications “Insulting and racist” online.
Racist controversies in English football
English football has been confronted for several months with a phenomenon of online racism targeting players after the defeat of their club or after disappointing performances. In May, the FA called on the British government to legislate without delay to force social networks to act against online insults that have already targeted Marcus Rashford in the past.
To draw attention to this racism online, the FA, Premier League, Second Division and Women’s Super League clubs, as well as organizations representing players, referees and coaches, subsequently joined by other sports such as rugby or cricket, had decided not to feed their accounts on social networks from Friday April 30 until Monday May 3.
The Euro final was also marked by incidents with supporters without tickets who managed to enter the stadium by forcing security barriers and overwhelming stadium staff. A scene of violence with supporters punching and kicking an Asian man in the halls of the stadium was filmed and posted on social media.