EURO 2020: Investigation begins into racial abuse against three England footballers

London. British police have opened an investigation into racial abuse against three black players who missed a penalty during England’s defeat in the final of the European Football Championship (EURO 2020) against Italy. Police called abuses towards Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jaden Sancho “unacceptable” and said they would investigate “offensive and racist” social media posts.

Italy won 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out after being tied 1–1 in regular and then extra time. The Football Association of England (FA) issued a statement saying that they were shocked by this ‘shoddy behaviour’. He also said that social media companies should take action so that their platform remains free from “hateful” abuse.

“We will do everything we can to support the affected players,” the FA said. Also appeal for the harshest punishment for those responsible for this. “We will continue to do everything possible to eliminate discrimination from the sport, but we request the government to act at the earliest and make appropriate laws against this abuse,” the union said. The three players that were targeted are part of the England youth team which is appreciated for its diversity.

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Rashford’s picture on the wall of a cafe in south Manchester after Sunday’s match was also spoofed. Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating the racially affected harm that occurred at 2:50 am. ‘This is abusive behavior and will not be tolerated at all,’ Manchester Police Chief Inspector Paul Seville told.

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