London, July 14: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was just one among the many supporters for England’s black players who have been the victims of racial abuse following their widely watched loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
Jordan Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka have been the targets of vicious online haters and trolls after their defeat at London’s Wembley Stadium. In an evening news conference, Johnson was quoted saying he hoped that those who directed abuse at the players “will crawl back under the rock from which you emerged”.
The President of England’s Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge who was present at the game with his family tweeted that he was “sickened” by the hateful comments.
The hate and anger followed shortly after the result, which crushed the hopes of millions who had waited 55 years to see the championship come home.
The Football Association also condemned the abuse, saying it was ‘appalled’ at the treatment of the okayers by social media users and called on the government and social media companies to do more to tackle the issue of online harassment. This was followed by statements from three main social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that they would commit to remove abuse. In response to the racial attacks, Twitter labelled the abuse “abhorrent”. Saying that it has “absolutely no place on Twitter”.