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Southgate condemns racist abuse against Rashford, Sacho and Saka

Mon 12 July 2021 | 19:48

England boss Gareth Southgate has condemned the racist online abuse directed at some of England’s players following their penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night.

Bukayo Saka

,

Marcus Rashford

, and

Jadon Sancho

were all victims of social abusive posts after they failed to convert their penalties in the shoot-out.

When asked about the abuse,

Southgate

said:

"For some of them to be abused is unforgivable really.

"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.

"It's my decision who takes the penalties, it's not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out."

An FA spokesperson said support will be given to the trio.

A statement read:

"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.

"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.

"We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore the 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."


source: SportMob