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England Football Association condemns hateful, racist comments

A statement by England’s Football Association was released on Monday morning in which they were seen condemning the online racist abuse of players following the team’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Both sides tied the match 1-1 after extra time and Italy won the shootout 3-2 with England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, who are all not white, missing the penalty kicks.

The statement stated, “The FA strongly condemns all sort of discrimination and is horrified by the racism they faced online which is aimed at some English players on social media”.

Further added, “We could not be clear who is behind such behavior, but this is certainly not welcomed in the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected by this act and will assign the worst punishments possible for whoever responsible”.

A statement by the English team was also released condemning the racism and abuse directed at the players on social media.

In a tweet, they mentioned, “We’re disgusted that some of our squad members, who have done everything for the shirt this summer, have been subjected to discrimination and online abuse after the finale game”.

British police said they would investigate the posts.

The British police have also stated that they would investigate the posts. “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media posts and comments which were directed towards footballer using the hashtag #Euro2020final, which is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated”.

Mayor London, Sadiq Khan has urged the social media platform companies to remove all such content from their platforms.

He tweeted, “Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse and racism must be held accountable, and the social media companies should act immediately on it and remove the content to prevent hate amongst each other.”

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