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FA condemns racist abuse of players after England’s Euro 2020 final loss

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England’s Football Association (FA) released a statement in the early hours of Monday morning (12 July) condemning the online racist abuse of players following the team’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday (11 July), write Philip O’Connor, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Kanishka Singh, Reuters.

Els equips van empatar 1-1 després de la pròrroga i Itàlia va guanyar la tanda per 3-2, amb els jugadors d'Anglaterra Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho i Bukayo Saka, tots negres, que manquen de punt.

“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 said.

“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.”

L'equip d'Anglaterra també va publicar un comunicat condemnant l'abús dirigit als seus jugadors a les xarxes socials.

“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,” the team tweeted.

La policia britànica va dir que investigaria els llocs.

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“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.

"Aquest abús és totalment inacceptable, no es tolerarà i s'investigarà".

El primer ministre britànic, Boris Johnson, va dir que l'equip mereixia ser elogiat com a herois i no maltractat racialment a les xarxes socials.

“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” Johnson tweeted.

L'alcalde de Londres, Sadiq Khan, va demanar a les empreses de xarxes socials que eliminessin aquest contingut de les seves plataformes.

“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 Twitter.

L'Arsenal va enviar un missatge de suport al seu extrem Saka, mentre que Rashford estava recolzat pel seu club Manchester United.

“Football can be so cruel. But for your personality … your character … your bravery … We’ll always be proud of you. And we can’t wait to have you back with us,” Arsenal tweeted.

United said they looked forward to welcoming Rashford home, adding: “One kick won’t define you as a player or person.”

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