Southgate blasts supporters who abused Manchester United players

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

After a 1-1 draw, the game was stretched into extra time and then penalties. England were ahead in the penalty shootout but missed their last three kicks, as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to score their kicks.

Some ignorant fans targeted racist abuse at the trio, and England boss Gareth Southgate has slammed their actions and said that it’s unacceptable.

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When asked about the abuse, he said: “For some of them to be abused is unforgivable really.

“I know some of that has come from abroad, people who track these things are able to explain that, but not all of it.

“It’s just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

“It’s my decision who takes the penalties, it’s not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out.”

The FA released a statement saying it was “appalled” by the abuse and the Metropolitan Police is investigating.

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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