Euro 2020: FA condemns racist abuse of Saka, Sancho and Rashford
Soon, the trio’s social media pages were filled with racist comments, prompting the Football Association to issue a statement condemning the “disgusting behaviour”.
An FA spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism targeting certain England players on social media.
“We cannot be clear that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is unwelcome in following the team. We will do everything we can to support the affected players while urging the strongest possible sanctions for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do everything we can to eliminate discrimination out of the game, but we are urging the government to act quickly and pass the appropriate legislation so that this violation has real life consequences. Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, and gather evidence that they can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free of this kind of abhorrent abuse
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned racist abuse against the players.
Johnson said: “This England team deserves to be lauded as champions, not for racist abuse on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
The metropolitan police He also condemned the “unacceptable” abuse, adding that “offensive and racist” social media posts would be investigated.
The force said in a statement on Twitter: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist comments on social media directed at football players after the #European Championship #2020 final.
“This violation is totally unacceptable, will not be tolerated and will be investigated.”
The official Twitter account of the England men’s and women’s national teams offered support to the victims.
“We are disgusted that some members of our squad – who gave everything for the shirt this summer – were subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game,” she said in a statement.
“We stand with our players.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on social media companies to do more to hold those responsible for sending online abuse to account.
He wrote on Twitter: “There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else.
“Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we saw must be held accountable – and social media companies must act immediately to remove and prevent this hate.”