British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the racist abuse directed at three Black England players who missed their penalties in the team’s shootout loss to Italy in the final of the European Championship on Sunday
Johnson tweeted that “those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
Marcus Rashford’s penalty hit the post and spots kicks from Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were saved by Italy’s goalkeeper on Sunday night. Italy won the shootout 3-2 after a match that ended 1-1 after extra time.
All three players immediately started receiving racist abuse on social media.
England’s Football Association issued a statement saying it was “appalled” by the “disgusting behavior.”
London police condemned the “unacceptable” abuse, adding it will be investigating the “offensive and racist” social media posts.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to do more to hold offenders to account.
Racist abuse directed at players was reported earlier in the tournament.
After a legal complaint by several anti-racism groups, the Paris prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into a raft of racist tweets after France lost on penalties to Switzerland in the Round of 16.
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