Portsmouth have released three players from their academy after screenshots of racial abuse after the Euro 2020 final from the group chat was circulated on social media. All members of the group were suspended during the investigation with those not involved allowed to return to training last week. The investigation revealed three players to have used racist language in the group chat.
“Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that the investigation – and subsequent disciplinary process – into discriminatory messages that originated from an academy U18 private group chat has now concluded,” Portsmouth said in a statement following the investigation into the group chat after the Euro 2020 final. “We can confirm that a decision has been made today (July 28) to release three players from the academy. These players do have the right to appeal the club’s decision. Portsmouth Football Club are fully committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.”
“We are part of a diverse community and are dedicated to promoting an environment of equality and inclusion at all times – both inside the football club and in our wider society,” he added. “We also continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of the club’s employees and any other external parties.”
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. Soon after the final, their social media accounts were flooded with racist abuse.