The aftermath of Euro 2020, in which Italy won the first time in 53 years, is not formidable. In particular, in England, where the host country tried to win the Euro Championship for the first time and then collapsed at the last threshold, racial discrimination against black players who missed penalty shootouts is exceeding the limit.
Marcus Rashford (24, Manchester United), who missed out as the third kicker in a penalty shootout, stood firm against the behavior of English football fans. On the 13th, Rashford said through his social networking service (SNS) account, “I can listen to criticisms of my performance all day long. He didn’t take the penalty kick well. But I will never apologize for who I am or where I came from.”
England lost 2-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Euro 2020 final on the 12th. Coincidentally, Rashford, Jaden Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, who missed penalties, are all black players. Rashford and Sancho are also players who came in as last-minute substitutes in the second half of extra time to aim for a penalty shootout. England’s polar football fans are pouring out discriminatory remarks and abusive language for the fact that they are black, and they are filling the social media of the three players with monkey and banana emoticon comments.
When the players were unfairly insulted, not only the UEFA but also British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the fans for crossing the line.
UEFA said on Twitter, “We strongly condemn the disgusting racism against some English players on social media”. “The England team deserves to be praised as a hero, not racist,” Johnson said. Shame on those who inflict racism. I hope to crawl under the rocks again.”
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