A statement following the online abuse of England players following EURO 2020 Final

Monday 12 Jul 2021
England missed out on the UEFA EURO 2020 title after a penalty shootout defeat to Italy

We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and are appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. 

We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences. 

Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making the platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.

By Communications department