Prince William wades into ‘sickening’ Euros racism row with powerful message

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Prince William has revealed he is 'sickened' by the racist abuse directed towards England's players after the Euros final.

It comes after Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were flooded with racist abuse on social media after failing to score their penalties.

The FA has condemned the vitriolic comments towards the England players, describing it as 'disgusting behaviour'.

Prince William, who was in Wembley Stadium with Kate and their son George last night, has also now condemned the 'abhorrent' abuse.

He said: "I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

"It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable."

Prince William pictured at the Euros final last night
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The official Twitter account for the England men's and women's national teams offered support to the victimised players.

It tweeted: "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."

England's Football Association released a statement this morning condemning the online racist abuse of players.

The Duke of Cambridge condemned the appalling behaviour
(Image: KensingtonRoyal/Twitter)

The statement read: "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."

Boris Johnson condemned the abuse on Twitter, however he has since been accused of 'giving licence' to the racists behind the messages.

Prince George joined his mum and dad to watch the game last night
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said: "Let me be clear. The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary gave license to the racists who booed the England players and are now racially abusing England players.

"@BorisJohnson and @pritipatel are like arsonists complaining about a fire they poured petrol on. Total hypocrites."

Gary Neville accused Boris Johnson of 'promoting' racism in the past after the PM's tweet about the latest abuse.

The Met Police called the racist comments following last night's final 'totally unacceptable.'

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The force said on Twitter: "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."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on social media companies to do more to hold to account those responsible for sending online abuse.

He wrote on Twitter: "There is absolutely no place for racism in football or anywhere else.

"Those responsible for the disgusting online abuse we have seen must be held accountable – and social media companies need to act immediately to remove and prevent this hate."

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