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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