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London police are investigating racist social media posts against England players who missed their penalties in the European Football Championship final. The English Football Association condemns racism.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been targeted with racist messages on social media after a missed penalty shootout cost England the European title.
The Metropolitan Police said it was investigating. “We are aware of a number of degrading and racist comments on social media directed at football players after the European Championship final. These attacks are totally unacceptable, will not be tolerated and will be investigated.”
The FA released a statement: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by online racism directed against some of our English players on social media. We cannot be clearer that anyone is behind such disgusting behaviour. He is not welcome in the team’s pursuit. We will do everything we can to support the affected players while pressing for the harshest possible penalties for everyone responsible.”
The FA said: “We will continue to do everything in our power to eliminate discrimination, but we urge the government to act quickly and put in place appropriate legislation so that this violation has repercussions in real life.” “Social media companies need to do more, take responsibility and take action to ban violators from their platforms, gather evidence that could lead to prosecution and collaborate to purge their platforms of this kind of horrific abuse.”
Also misconduct on and around the field
By the way, the supporters of the English language did not only misbehave on the Internet. Fans without tickets stormed their way to Wembley Stadium, and clashes broke out in several places in London. 19 policemen were injured and 49 arrested.
The stadium also booed during the Italian national anthem, despite calls from England coach Gareth Southgate and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to. UEFA can sanction again for this. The FA has already been fined 26,000 pounds (more than 30,000 euros) after the match against Denmark, in part due to English boos during the Danish national anthem being played.