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UEFA Euro 2020 final: English footballers victim of racial abuse following missed penalties against Italy

The UEFA Euro 2020 final was won by Italy after three English players successively missed their chances during the penalty shootout. Meanwhile, the three men were racially abused online, while England's Football Association has condemned the act.

UEFA Euro 2020 final: English footballers victim of racial abuse following missed penalties against Italy-ayh
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London, First Published Jul 12, 2021, 3:06 PM IST
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England is already left heartbroken after suffering a defeat in the 2020 UEFA Euro final against Italy during the penalty shootout at the Wembley Stadium in London. As a result, England's chances of winning an international title after 55 years and its maiden European Championship were dashed.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their chances on consecutive occasions during the shootout, as all of their shots were denied by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. While the kick-takers, along with the English fans, were left reeling from the loss, what followed was even hurtful.

The trio were victims of racial abuse online. Some of the tweets regarding the same went viral.

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Meanwhile, England's Football Association condemned the act. "We're disgusted that some of our squad -- who have given everything for the shirt this summer -- have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight's game. We stand with our players," it said in a release.

"The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media. We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team," it added.

Meanwhile, London's Metropolitan Police is investigating the case. "We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final. This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated," it said in a tweet.

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