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Boris condemns ‘appalling’ racism England players faced after losing final

Racists bombarded England players with abuse after the team lost the men’s Euro final in a dramatic penalty shootout (Picture: Twitter/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has slammed racists who abused England players on social media after they lost the Euro final, saying they ‘should be ashamed of themselves’.

Disgusting slurs and monkey emojis flooded Marcus RashfordJadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka’s social media accounts after the Three Lions fell to Italy during a tense penalty shootout.

The prime minister threw his support behind the players this morning, tweeting that they ‘deserved to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media’.

He added: ’Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.’

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into the online abuse, as thousands of fans and public figures condemn it.

The Football Association has warned that any fan who took part in the ‘disgusting behaviour’ is ‘not welcome in following the team.

A spokesperson said: ‘The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

‘We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. 

‘We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.’

Calling on those responsible to face prosecution, one fan said: ‘I’ll take these three Englishmen over any racist-moron-fake-fan every day of the week and twice on a Sunday’.

The PM said England players ‘deserve to be lauded as heroes’ (Picture: Twitter)
Bukayo Saka pulls his shirt over his face after missing a penalty as teammates console him (Picture: Pool via REUTERS)
Marcus Rashford is devastated as he misses a penalty in the shoot-out at the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final (Picture: Getty Images)
Manager Gareth Southgate consoles Jadon Sancho after the match (Picture: Pool via Reuters)

Another wrote: ‘I stand with Rashford. I stand with Sancho. I stand with Saka. I stand with a whole team of brilliant men who made us all proud & represent the best this country has to offer I reject everything about the Racists & Shape Shifters who represent the worst’.

The official Twitter account for the England men’s and women’s national teams said in a statement: ‘We’re disgusted that some of our squad – who have given everything for the shirt this summer – have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game. We stand with our players.’

Shadow justice secretary David Lammy shared images of some racist abuse posted on social media in the wake of the men’s team defeat, tweeting: ‘This is why we take the knee.’

The Labour MP added: ‘Praying for a better future – worthy of the values, beauty and respect exemplified by every single England player.’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to hold users responsible for sending online abuse.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else.

‘Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we have seen must be held accountable – and social media companies need to act immediately to remove and prevent this hate.’

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