“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemning the racist abuse aimed at Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.
Despite manager Gareth Southgate immediately accepting responsibility for England’s loss, these three young players, who missed penalties, have been targeted on social media. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police is investigating the abuse and said, “it will not be tolerated.”
Will the abusers feel ashamed of themselves? Sadly, without actions to crack down on these racist keyboard warriors, nothing will change.
Just last month the UK’s five Sports Councils published #TellYourStory. Our report looking at the impact of race and racism on the sporting landscape. The Councils’ have acknowledged the deeply entrenched inequities at all levels of sport – from grassroots to elite – and have committed to a roadmap for change.
There is undoubtedly much work to be done, but we hope the future will be different.
Read and download the report here.
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