By The Associated Press
Sun., July 11, 2021timer1 min. read
LONDON (AP) — Three Black players who missed punishment kicks for England successful the decisive European Championship shootout against Italy connected Sunday nighttime were subjected to racist maltreatment online, prompting the English Football Association to contented a connection condemning the connection utilized against the players.
Bukayo Saka, astatine 19 1 of the youngest players connected the England squad, missed the punishment that gave the rubric to Italy and denied England its archetypal planetary trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
It was England’s 3rd consecutive nonaccomplishment from the punishment spot successful the shootout, with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho besides missing.
The FA said successful a connection it was “appalled” by the maltreatment of the 3 players. The squad had taken a genu earlier games astatine the Euros to awesome its enactment for an extremity to radical inequality, and the young, multi-ethnic squad won the hearts of the soccer-mad state earlier the shootout nonaccomplishment brought retired all-too-familiar messages of hate.
“We volition bash each we tin to enactment the players affected portion urging the toughest punishments imaginable for anyone responsible,” the FA connection said. “We volition proceed to bash everything we tin to stamp favoritism retired of the game, but we implore authorities to enactment rapidly and bring successful the due authorities truthful this maltreatment has real-life consequences.”
London’s Metropolitan Police besides said it was investigating “offensive and racist” messages connected societal media.
Rashford, who plays for Manchester United, noted the radical maltreatment helium received connected societal media successful May aft the squad mislaid the Europa League final.
England manager Gareth Southgate was criticized for his strategy of bringing successful Rashford and Sancho disconnected the seat to instrumentality penalties portion prima Raheem Sterling was sidelined successful the shootout.
“They were the champion takers we had near connected the pitch,” Southgate said. “We triumph and suffer together.”