Saka, Rashford and Sancho racially abused on social media after penalty misses

July 12, 2021

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been racially abused on social media after missing penalties in England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy.

Saka, Rashford and Sancho took the last three penalties — two of which were saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, with one hitting the post and going wide — during England’s 3-2 loss on spot kicks on Sunday night. They have since been targeted with racist language and emojis on their social media accounts.

What have the FA said?

A statement 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.”

What has happened?

Rashford, Saka and Sancho have had a number of comments on their past Instagram posts after their penalty misses on Sunday night.

They have been targeted with monkey emojis and other racially abusive comments since the end of the game.