Britain’s Prince William has stated that he is “sickened” by the racist abuse directed at England’s black soccer players following the team’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” Prince William tweeted with the official Kensington Royal handle.
“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behavior.
“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable,” he continued in the tweet, signed “W.”
I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.
It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021
Italy won its second European Championship tournament on Sunday, defeating England 3-2 on penalties. After extra time, the score was 1-1.
Following the game, a trio of black players — Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19 — faced racist abuse online after missing penalty kicks.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of England, also condemned the vitriol.
“This England team deserves to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media,” Johnson said in a tweet overnight. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
Gareth Southgate, Britain’s team manager, called the treatment “unforgivable.”
“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country,” Southgate said at a post-match press conference.