FA release statement after fans target abuse at two Manchester United players

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England supporters were heartbroken after the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.

After a hardfought 1-1 draw over 120 minutes, the game was taken to penalties, and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho missed from the spot, along with Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka.

Some ignorant fans targeted racist abuse at the trio, and the Football Association has condemned racist abuse directed at the three players.

The FA said it was “appalled” by the abuse and the Metropolitan Police is investigating.

In a statement, the FA said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team.

“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.

“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.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the Euro 2020 final.

“This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”

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