England’s Football Association and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have condemned the online racist abuse of players following the team’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
On Sunday the sides drew 1-1 after extra time and Italy won the shoot-out 3-2, with England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who are all Black, missing spot-kicks.
“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,” the statement posted in the early hours of Monday morning said.
British police said they would investigate the racist posts against the players.
“We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final,” the Metropolitan Police tweeted.
“This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to remove such content from their platforms.
“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”, Khan said in a tweet.