Following England’s loss against Italy in last night’s UEFA EURO 2020 Final tournament, Rashford, Sancho, and Saka – 23, 21, and 19 years old – have been suffering racist abuse via their social media profiles…
Fans then rallied behind Bukayo Saka, the youngest of the lot, after his Instagram account was swamped with racist abuse in the wake of England’s defeat. Italy emerged victorious during the penalties, which is when Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Saka missed kicks.
Racist comments targeting the three players quickly surfaced online, with both the Met Police and Football Association condemning the abuse. Multiple screenshots of the Instagram comments have been shared online with highly offensive, racist messages hitting his account within minutes of the defeat.
Disgusting. THIS HAS TO STOP. Please report every single racist comment you see and help prevent this sickening behaviour. SO proud of our boys! Sending love and protection to Rashford, Sancho and Saka tonight ❤️
Please keep safe everyone💔 #Notoracism pic.twitter.com/95KCLTQWtD
— Mol 🤍 (@MolKenny) July 11, 2021
In a statement, the FA shared, ‘We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team, we will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.’
‘We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences,’ it added.
People are now flooding Saka, Sancho and Rashford's IG pages with positivity to drown out all the racist comments ❤️ pic.twitter.com/soBcsfCSIy
— Zing Tsjeng (@misszing) July 11, 2021
‘Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution, and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse,’ the FA argued.
Despite the crude abuse, fans have voiced tremendous support for them while encouraging people to report such racist comments.
‘Anybody racially abusing Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka on social media tonight is not a patriot. *You* are why they take a knee. Racist cowards should feel the full force of the law and social media companies must do more to keep this poison off their platforms,’ MP Angela Rayner wrote.