Boris Johnson, Prince William, and Football Association condemn racial abuse of three England players

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, along with the Football Association and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, condemned racist comments directed toward three black members of the English Men’s National Football Team following England's loss to Italy over the weekend.

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho had their social media accounts flooded with racially charged trash talk after missing penalty kicks at the end of the 2020 UEFA European Championship on Sunday, resulting in a loss of what would have been their first-ever European Championship and their first major tournament title since the 1966 World Cup.

“This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” Johnson tweeted on Monday.

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"I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable," Prince William also posted to Twitter.

In a statement released early on Monday, the FA said it was "appalled" by the racism targeted at the three players.

“The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed by some of our England players on social media. We could not be clearer that anyone behind such behavior is not welcome in following the team,” the FA said. "We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible."

Nineteen-year-old Saka, whose final kick was blocked by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, saw Instagram comments filled with monkey emojis following the game.

“Get out my country,” one commenter wrote. Others called him the N-word.

Rashford, 23, who hit the post after tricking Donnarumma, and Sancho, 21, whose shot was blocked by the Italian goalie, both faced similar comments.


The three players who received the abuse have not yet spoken about it publicly, but England manager Gareth Southgate also condemned the hate on Monday.

"For some of [the players] to be abused is unforgivable, really. I know a lot of that has come from abroad, but not all of it. And it's just not what we stand for. We, I think, have been a beacon of light in bringing people together and people being able to relate to the national team. And the national team stands for everybody," he said in a press conference.

Critics of Johnson claimed the prime minister’s condemnation was hypocritical given his defense of fans who booed players for kneeling before the start of matches.

“Is that the same prime minister that a few weeks ago — I mean, go to Southgate and the players a few weeks ago, about five days on the trot, told us that they were taking the knee to promote equality and said it was against racism," English former soccer player Gary Neville said in an interview with Sky News. "The prime minister said that it was OK for the population of this country to boo those players who were trying to promote equality and defend against racism. It starts at the very top. And so, for me, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest that I woke up in the morning to those headlines. I expected it the minute that the three players that missed missed."

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England will be on the pitch again in September, when they will compete in qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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