FA ‘appalled’ after Bakayo Saka racially abused on social media following Euro 2020 defeat

The Football Association has said it is “appalled” after some of England’s players were racially abused on social media after their defeat in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Bukayo Saka, who missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out, was subjected to racist abuse.

The 19-year-old Arsenal player, who was one of three players who missed their kicks, was abused on his Instagram account on Sunday night, minutes after the game finished.

An FA spokesperson said: “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. 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. 

“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.”

Earlier in the tournament, England were booed by some of their fans for taking a knee against racism and discrimination.

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