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Harry Kane slams fans directing racial abuse at England stars: 'We don't want you'

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 July 2021, 8:22 IST

England captain Harry Kane on Monday condemned the "vile" racial abuse, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka had to face on social media following the Three Lions' loss in the Euro Cup final against Italy.

Italy ended England's dream to win the Euro 2020 here at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday (local time). Azzurri defeated England 3-2 on penalties after the normal 90-minute action had finished at 1-1 and even extra time was not able to break the deadlock.

Rashford, Sancho, and Saka all missed the chance to net goals in the penalty shootouts. The English players were then abused on social media.

Kane made it clear if anyone who abuses players is not a fan of the England football team and the Euro Cup finalists don't want their support too.

"Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up & take a pen when the stakes were high. They deserve support & backing not the vile racist abuse they've had since last night. If you abuse anyone on social media you're not an @England fan and we don't want you," Kane tweeted.

England's Football Association in the early hours of Monday morning also condemned racist abuse of players. "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," an official statement read.

"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," it added.

The England football team said it felt "disgusted" when the players were subjected to "discriminatory abuse" on social media following the Euro Cup final loss.

Micro-blogging website Twitter has removed over 1000 tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts after they were found engaging in racial abuse of England players as the Three Lions lost the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

"The abhorrent racist abuse directed at England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter. In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules -- the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology. We will continue to take action when we identify any Tweets or accounts that violate our policies," a Twitter spokesperson told ANI.

"We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our partners across the football community to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively and will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour -- both online and offline," the spokesperson added.


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First published: 13 July 2021, 8:22 IST