Black soccer players slammed with racist abuse after England loss in EURO 2020 finals

By TJ Macias

England’s Jadon Sancho reacts after missing a chance to score during the penalty shoot out of the Euro 2020 final soccer match between Italy and England at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via AP) Facundo Arrizabalaga AP
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Following a grueling 115-plus minutes of pulse-racing soccer Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium, the winner of EURO 2020 would emerge after a penalty shootout between England and Italy.

With tension running high, Italy won in a 3-2 shootout, shattering the hearts of England fans, who wanted to bask in the glow of a championship after 55 years of waiting.

Some fans, however, were enraged and directed their hate toward some the players who missed penalty kicks — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

All three are Black.

While the team’s diversity was on display throughout their four-week run into the final match, some fans took the social media low road and spewed vile racist remarks against the players after the loss.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13524 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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