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English police have launched an investigation following the publication of racist comments on social networks targeting three English players responsible for missed shots in the Euro-2021 final. The insult was condemned by the English Football Association and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The English Football Association said it was “shocked” and “disgusted” by the racist comments published on the social network against Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. The three players targeted by these humiliations are those who missed a goal in the Euro-2021 final lost to Italy at Wembley on Sunday 11 July.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the racist insult in a tweet. “This England team deserves to be treated as heroes, not (victims) of racial abuse on social media. Those responsible for this horrific abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” the Tory leader said.
This England team deserves praise on social media as a hero, not racially abused.
Those responsible for this charming misbehavior should be ashamed of themselves.
—Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 12 July 2021
English football has suffered for several months with incidents of online racism targeting players after their club’s defeat or after a disappointing performance.
The FA said on its Twitter account: “We are disgusted to see that members of our team, who have put their best foot forward this summer, have been subjected to discriminatory attacks following tonight’s game.” “We support our players,” she insisted.
Investigation opened by London Police
Three players, who entered during the match, missed a penalty shootout attempt, sealing England’s defeat (1-1 AET, 3-2 at Penn) against Italy and thus shattering everyone’s dreams. The country was hoping to win a second major title, 55 years after its success at home in the 1966 World Cup.
In a statement, the federation recalled that it “condemns all forms of discrimination and is shocked by the racism circulating on social media against some of England’s players”. “We state in the most obvious terms possible that no one is welcome as a fan of this team behind such abominable behavior.”
London Police have announced that they are “investigating” these “abusive and racist” publications online.
French players are also victims of racist insults
In May, the English Football Federation called on the British government to enact legislation without delay to force social networks to act against online insults that have already targeted Marcus Rashford.
To draw attention to this online racism, associations representing players, referees and coaches, along with federations, the Premier League, Second Division and Women’s Super League clubs, later decided to engage in other sports such as rugby or cricket. had decided. Accounts on social networks from Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May.
The United Kingdom is not the only country concerned about such an affair, with several players from the France team also subjected to racist insults on social networks following their team’s loss against Switzerland.
The Paris Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation on 30 June following the publication of these racist messages on Twitter. The investigation should make it possible to identify the authors of the messages. At the same time, the Association SOS Racism filed a complaint for these facts with a view to becoming a civil party in the event of a lawsuit.
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