July 11, England national team lost in the final of Euro 2020 to the Italian national team. Lost on penalties 2: 3.
Three players missed the decisive shots on goal: Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka. The reaction from the English fans was predictable. They were very upset and went to riot in the street.
And also went to the pages of Rashford, Sancho, and Sack. And they expressed everything that they think about them. Using the word "Niger", Emodi with monkeys and other, characteristic of racist insults with words and images. The fact is that all three players are black. And it became the basis for their insults by the fans. The 19-year-old Saka, who did not score the decisive penalty, was especially bad.
All this ultimately led to a very serious scandal.
“We are outraged that some of the national team players who gave all their strength in the European Championship are discriminated against after the final. We support the players in every possible way,” said in a message posted on the team's official Twitter account.
Football Federation of England
"The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is shocked by the online racism that has been targeted against some of our England players on social media," The Atletic quoted English football officials as saying.
They also stressed that "they will do everything possible to support the injured players, calling for the most severe punishments for all those responsible."
Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up & take a pen when the stakes were high. They deserve support & backing not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night. If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an @England fan and we don’t want you. pic.twitter.com/PgskPAXgxV— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 12, 2021
So frustrating to see people dwell on every minor decision and detail of last night, especially as they're dwelling on the wrong ones. Sterling should've had a penalty when we were 1-0 up. OK that's the end of it.— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) July 12, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
"For those who have sent racist insults to some players, I say shame on you. I hope you crawl back under the rock from under which you crawled out," he said at a briefing.
“In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules -- the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology. We will continue to take action when we identify any Tweets or accounts that violate our policies,” CNN wrote.
What happened next?
Police investigation. And social media pressure.
The essence of the pressure is that social networks have begun to demand to take faster and more decisive action against offenders.
Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: 'The racist abuse of England players online is repellent and vile.
“Ministers will tell technology giants to immediately hand over details of the racists who abused England players so the government can “make examples” of the perpetrators. Comments posted on the footballers’ social media pages after they lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday have intensified frustration with the companies’ failure to stamp out abuse. Ministers believe social media platforms need to provide information in a more timely fashion to help the authorities crackdown on the problem,” The Times wrote.