After England's defeat in the Euro Cup final, black players were attacked on social media
The English Football Federation issued a statement in the early hours of Monday (12) condemning online racist abuse against players after the team lost in the penalty shootout to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday.
The teams tied with a goal after extra time and Italy won the penalty shootout 3-2, with England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, all black, missing the penalty shootout.
"The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled at the online racism that has been directed at some of our players in England on social media," the statement said.
“We couldn't make it clearer that someone behind such repulsive behavior is not welcome to follow the team. We will do everything in our power to support affected players, while calling for the harshest possible punishments for those responsible.”
The England team also released a statement condemning the abuse directed at their players on social media.
“We are disgusted that part of our team – who gave their all for their shirt this summer – has been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight's game,” the team tweeted.
British police said they would investigate the posts.
“We are aware of a series of offensive and racist comments on social media directed at football players after the final of # Euro2020”, tweeted the Metropolitan Police.
"This abuse is totally unacceptable, will not be tolerated and will be investigated."
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged social media companies to remove this content their platforms.
“Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we've seen must be held accountable – and social media companies need to act immediately to remove and prevent that hatred,” Khan said in a tweet.