A top cop has blasted the racist abuse received by several England players who he said showed ‘amazing courage on and off the pitch.’
Vile social media comments were aimed at Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after they each missed penalties in the final of Euro 2020 against Italy at Wembley last night.
Chief Constable Dave Thompson, from West Midlands Police, said the force prosecutes racist abuse, which is “sadly present in football.”
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But he also hailed the trio as “The Three Lions” who had showed courage.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Ch Con Thompson posted: “I thought I would make a few comments concerning the racist social media abuse directed at Rashford, Saka and Sancho in this thread.
“Sadly racist, homophobic and other forms of abuse are present in football. We actively challenge this @WMPolice. @StuartWardWMP is the country’s first Football Hate Crime Officer within @FootballUnitWMP
“We are actively anti-racist. We prosecute this abuse.
“We should however reflect more positively on how inclusive England Fans are today. The thuggish yobs of old are being eclipsed by a broader fan base that is far more diverse.
“This is directly due to the values of the manager and the players. A true inclusive team has been formed because of the respect for everyone in the squad. It has shown in a performance where they have played for each other. They are active in promoting equality.
“There is much to learn from this team in how we conduct ourselves in life. Genuine teams only come about by valuing and including everyone. Being pro inclusion and anti-racist isn’t woke or virtue signalling.
“There are three Lions for me from last night. Rashford, Sancho and Saka. Amazing courage on and off the pitch. I hope the @metpoliceuk are able to make progress in their investigations.”
Police said they are “aware of a number of racist and offensive social media comments following last night’s final.”
The force tweeted: “We do not tolerate this kind of behaviour and ask that people report these tweets via @true_vision_hc on their website.”
To report racist abuse, please click here.
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