Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has condemned racist slurs directed at England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka in the aftermath of the team’s Euro 2020 failure.
When the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy got to penalties on Sunday evening, the three players who came on as substitutes missed their spot-kicks.
Italy was declared Euro 2020 champions after a 3-2 penalty shootout victory at Wembley Stadium in London.
The three players were immediately targeted for racial insults on social media after the game ended.
He described the behavior of the racist as “appalling”.
Reacting, Johnson tweeted, “This England team deserves to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
The English FA in its reaction to the racial abuse aimed at the players stated that it was “appalled.”
The FA added;
“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.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.
“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”