'Abhorrent': England players targeted with 'disgusting' abuse

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Bukayo Saka (pictured middle) consoled by his teammates after England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Bukayo Saka (pictured middle) has been subjected to disgusting racial abuse online after England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. (Getty Image)

The fallout to England's devastating penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final has been sickening with a number of players targeted with racist comments.

Italy lifted their first European Championship since 1968 after a nail-biting penalty shootout, which saw a number of players miss crucial penalties.

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After progressing past Spain in a penalty shootout earlier in the tournament, Italy created history as no side had ever won more than one shootout at a European championship.

Jordan Pickford gave England hope after guessing correctly to save Italy's second spot kick from Andrea Belotti.

After successful penalties from Harry Kane and Harry Maguire, England's Marcus Rashford missed after striking the post.

Fellow England substitute Jadon Sancho then saw his effort saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma but Pickford gave England a chance after stopping the usually dependable Jorginho.

It all rested on the young shoulders of 19-year-old Bukayo Saka to keep England in it, but the imposing Donnarumma telegraphed his spot kick to win it for Italy, leaving the football world in raptures.

However, in a disgusting twist, Saka's instagram page became the No.1 trend on Twitter after he was subjected to horrible racist abuse only moments after the loss.

The majority of fans jumped on social media to defend Saka and hit out at the 'racist morons' for the vile abuse.

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Former players and fans also offered words of encouragement for the young stars of the English team after the rough abuse and devastation of losing the final.

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England release statement condemning abuse

Shortly after the game, England Football Association (FA) released a statement condemning the vile abuse.

The FA also called for social media platforms to hold those responsible for the abuse.

"We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team," the FA said in a statement.

"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.

Marcus Rashford (pictured) misses his penalty during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.
Marcus Rashford (pictured) misses his penalty during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

"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."

Only recently, United player Rashford revealed the abuse he received online after his team lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

“Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” Rashford wrote after receiving abuse in January.

“No one is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.”

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