Boris Johnson criticises racial abuse after Euro final
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson slammed fans who were sending racist abuse to players like Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka following England’s Euro 2020 defeat against Italy. During the start of his coronavirus press conference where he announced the go-ahead of the July 19 reopening date, Mr Johnson said “shame on you” to the abusers. The Prime Minister also took the chance to thank the England team who have filled the country with “pride” and “hope” in a powerful speech.
Speaking during a Downing Street press conference on coronavirus, Mr Johnson spent the first few minutes condemning the racism shown after Sunday’s final.
He told viewers: “This morning was sad and beautiful, but also filled with pride and hope.
“With thanks to Gareth Southgate and the whole England squad for the best campaign by any England team in any tournament that I can remember.
“They made history, they lifted our spirits, hey brought joy to this country and I know that they will continue to do so.
“And to those who have been directing racist abuse at some of the players.
“I say shame on you and I hope you crawl back under the rock from which you emerged.
“Because this entire team played like heroes and I’m sure that this is the beginning of their achievements.
“Bring on Qatar next year and let’s also dare to start to hope that together with Ireland, our United Kingdom can host the World Cup in 2030.”
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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subject to racist online abuse after the trio failed to score during penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
Fans called them racist slurs and commented beneath their social media accounts racist comments and abuse.
The outburst has magnified the debate of taking the knee during the match which is a move made in solidarity against racism and in support of black players.
England manager Gareth Southgate claimed responsibility for the errors during the match and said the players should not be subject to the abuse they have received.
He said: “It’s just not what we stand for.
“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.
“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.”
England fans also trashed Leicester Square before the final on Sunday with bottles and bins thrown across the pavement in a shocking display of vandalism.
Fans also attempted to storm Wembley Stadium without a ticket and violently clashed with stewards, police and fellow fans.
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