The England Football Association issued a statement on Monday morning condemning racist online abuse against players following the team’s loss on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The England team also released a statement condemning the abuse of its players on social media.
England and Italy drew 1-1 after extra time, and the Italians won 3-2 on penalties, with British players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all black missing their shots on goal. .
Saka was chosen as the final shooter. If he had succeeded, there would have been another round of penalties.
The 19-year-old plays for Premier League club Arsenal, which have issued a statement supporting his player and said he has put processes in place at the club to support him.
UEFA also issued a statement condemning racist abuse against players, saying they have no place in football or society.
British police said they would investigate the messages, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnston said those responsible for the racist comments should be ashamed of themselves.
In addition to the comments, a fresco dedicated to Rashford in Manchester has been vandalized. The mural pays homage to his campaign work for free school meals for vulnerable children in Britain.