Spider-Man actor Tom Holland spoke out against the racist hooligans who have hurled hate filled invectives against British soccer players Saka, Rashford and Sancho, saying the racists are “not his country men.”
— MCU Spider-Man 🕸 (@SpiderMan_MCU_) July 12, 2021
NPR: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince William are denouncing the racist harassment of Black players for England’s national soccer team following the team’s loss Sunday in the Euro 2020 championship.
The country’s highest-profile soccer organizations are now urging consequences for the torrent of harassment, which began almost instantly after England’s loss to Italy, 3-2 on penalty kicks. The game marked England’s first international finals appearance in more than 50 years.
The abuse has been aimed at the three England players who missed their penalty kicks. All three – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – are Black.
Prince William, who serves as president of England’s Football Association, wrote on Twitter that he was “sickened by the racist abuse” aimed at the the three Black players. “It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable,” he said.
This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 12, 2021
Harassment and racist comments began to flood the social media accounts of the three players as soon as the game was over.
None of the three players affected have spoken publicly since the game.
“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up & take a pen when the stakes were high,” said Kane, calling the abuse “vile” in a tweet Monday. “If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”
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
Holland wrote in full: “The people abusing any England players are the only people who have let anyone down. Their behaviour – the people who beat up the Italian fan and the assholes hurling racist abuse is despicable. You are not my countrymen. These players deserve nothing but respect. They’ve given us so much in such a difficult time and they should be held up like kings not kicked while they are down. To Saka, Rashford and Sancho, you had the bravery to step up. You guys are three lions and all decent Englishmen are proud of you and the whole team and staff and we will support you again come the World Cup. #fuckracism”
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“Hate is a strong word. But the racist relying on black English footballers to bring them glory as if they were their servants, then turning on them as soon as they fell short of their dreams, have my deepest contempt,” wrote Musa Okwonga, an English football writer, on Twitter after the game as the harassment began.
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