Gareth Southgate has joined the Football Association and Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the Euro 2020 final to condemn the racist online abuse suffered by a number of players. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot and have been targetted online. The social media of the players were flooded with racist abuses that led to the FA releasing a statement. Southgate said the discrimination that the players faced following the defeat goes against the values of togetherness the squad has showcased throughout the tournament.
“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,” they said in a statement. “We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behavior 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.”
Shortly after the FA released the statement, England boss Gareth Southgate echoed the sentiments.
“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable really.” Gareth Southgate said following their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. “I know some of that has come from abroad, people who track these things are able to explain that, but not all of it. It’s just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.”
“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together,” he added. “It’s my decision who takes the penalties, it’s not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out.”