England lost to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on penalty shootouts(2-3)
‘It’s gone Rome on Sunday’. England lost a major tournament final after fighting with their heart. The Euro 2020 final at Wembley was a complete entertainer with 120 minutes of action and penalty shootouts.
The packed Wembley stadium was expecting a major trophy for the Home after the 1966 FIFA World Cup. But, Roberto Mancini’s Italy fight the battle at the away ground and snatched the trophy for the second time.
The regular time of the game ended in a 1-1 draw. England left-back Luke Shaw found the back of the net with an early strike in the second minute. But, Italy managed to catch up with the pace of England in the second half and defender Leonardo Bonucci leveled up the game in the second half. Both sides offered a top-level performance for the home of football on Sunday.
But, the pungent smell of racism gone viral in social media after English players were abused after missing the penalty kicks. Manchester United players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka missed penalty kicks in the final.
All three of them were subjected to racial abuse after the game. And the English FA condemned the incident in a harsh manner. Politicians, including the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, shown support to the players and condemned the action against players. (Sources)
England manager Gareth Southgate called the incident an ‘Unforgivable act’ and supported the players. The official Twitter handles of the England men’s and women’s national teams offered support to the victimized players.
It said in a statement: “We’re disgusted that some of our squad-who have given everything for the shirt this summer-have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game. We stand with our players”.
The Metropolitan Police also condemned the “unacceptable” abuse, adding it will be investigating the “offensive and racist” social media posts. The force said in a statement on Twitter: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final.
Football community against racism
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ was the flagship movement from English FA after the death of George Floyd in the United States suffering racial discrimination last year. European football stands united against the racist discrimination happening around the world by showing support in every match. Players took a knee down before every match in England as an anti-racist gesture.
The Euro 2020 final also witnessed the same, and it was disappointing that the English players faced racial abuse on the same night. Meanwhile, the football community supported the English players and once again confirmed the common agenda against racism.
Although, Manchester United came up with a tweet supporting Marcus Rashford after he missed the third kick in the shootouts. Rashford and Sancho came into the field in the last minute of the additional extra time as a tactical change for shootouts.
However, the stains of racism are still prevalent in a civilized society. Football fans need to unite against the common enemy for the better future of the game as well as mankind. Respecting the personality is important and football can as the medium for this in the fight against social evils.