The Football Association has condemned the racist online abuse suffered by a number of England players following the Euro 2020 Three Lions loss to Italy.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed on the spot on Sunday night as England lost on penalties.
The trio’s social media pages were quickly inundated with racist comments, leading the FA to issue a statement condemning the “disgusting behavior.”
A spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism which has targeted some of our English players on social media.
“We couldn’t be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behavior is unwelcome to follow the team. We will do our utmost to support the affected players while demanding the most severe penalties possible for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do all we can to eliminate discrimination, but we urge the government to act quickly and pass the appropriate legislation so that this abuse has real consequences. Social media companies need to step up their efforts and take action to ban attackers from their platforms, collect evidence that could lead to prosecution, and support the release of their platforms from this kind of heinous abuse.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned racist abuse against players.
Mr Johnson said: “This England team deserves to be hailed as heroes, not racist abuse on social media. Those responsible for these appalling abuses should be ashamed of themselves.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel also tweeted: “I am disgusted that the @ England players who have given so much for our country this summer have been subjected to vile racist abuse on social media.
“It has no place in our country and I support the police in holding those responsible to account.”
The Metropolitan Police also condemned the “unacceptable” abuses, adding that they would investigate “offensive and racist” posts on social media.
The force said in a statement on Twitter: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist comments on social media directed at footballers following the # Euro2020 final.
“This abuse is completely unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
The official Twitter account of the England men’s and women’s national teams has offered support to the victimized players.
He said in a statement: “We are disgusted that some of our team – who gave their all for the shirt this summer – suffered discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game.
“We are in solidarity with our players. “
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on social media companies to do more to hold those responsible for sending online abuse to account.
He wrote on Twitter: “There is absolutely no room for racism in football or anywhere else.
“Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we have seen must be held accountable – and social media companies must act immediately to eliminate and prevent this hatred. “
Arsenal tweeted in favor of Saka, saying: “We couldn’t be more proud of Bukayo. But again, we are sad to have to say that we condemn the racism of a number of black players. “
Former England striker Alan Shearer has been appalled by the racist abuse suffered by Rashford, Sancho and Saka.
He told BBC Breakfast: “What the hell are people thinking about going online and abusing these players?
“What’s wrong with these people?” It is so ridiculous. Absolutely disgusting.
“An individual has to volunteer for a penalty and I have total admiration for the guys who were brave enough to stand up and take a penalty for England. It’s a horrible situation to find themselves in.