The Football Association, Arsenal and Manchester United have condemned the “disgusting” racial abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after the Euro 2020 final.
The England trio received vile messages on social media following the defeat by Italy on Sunday night.
The Three Lions suffered a 3-2 defeat in a penalty shootout after Luke Shaw’s early strike was cancelled out by Leonardo Bonucci in the second half.
In the wake of the result, the Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating “totally unacceptable” social media activity targeting England players.
And the FA released a statement saying they are “appalled” by the abuse suffered by Rashford, 23, Sancho, 21, and Saka, 19.
“And we can’t wait to have you back with us, Bukayo Saka.”
Manchester United sent a similar message of solidarity to Rashford, writing: “One kick won’t define you as a player or person, Marcus. Remember that. We look forward to welcoming you home.”
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final. This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
And the FA issued a statement slamming the perpetrators and making it clear they are not welcome to support England.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team,” reads the statement.
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“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 their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”
Gareth Southgate took full responsibility for England’s shootout anguish after Wembley.
“That is my responsibility,” said the Three Lions boss. “I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation. We win and lose together as a team.
“They have been tight throughout and that’s how it needs to stay. It is my decision to give him [Saka] that penalty. That is totally my responsibility. It is not him or Marcus or Jadon. We worked through them in training. That is the order we came to.