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Prince William Is “Sickened” By Racist Social Media Attacks Following England’s Soccer Defeat

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Yesterday, in an extremely close match, Italy beat England in the European Championship. England’s participation in the final marked the first time in 55 years that the nation came so close to victory. The game ended in extra time, with the winner determined by a penalty shootout.

Following the match, however, there has been an ugly outpouring of racist comments on social media, directed at Black English players.

The racist attacks flooded the social media accounts of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho, the three accomplished British players who missed their penalty kicks in the high-pressure shootout.

This abuse resulted in condemnation across the board, including from England’s Football Association and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Prince William, who is president of England’s Football Association, also took to social media, speaking out against these attacks.

“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” the Duke of Cambridge tweeted. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behavior. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

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. W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021

The Prince signed the tweet with “W,” indicating that the message came directly from him. Alongside the condemnation, these racist attacks have also prompted an investigation conducted by London’s Metropolitan Police.

Per the New York Times, the police said they will investigate the “offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers” after the championship game.

Queen Elisabeth, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton

The Duke of Cambridge attended last night’s match alongside his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and eldest son, Prince George.

After the team’s loss, the Prince expressed his disappointment, but also congratulated the team on a valiant effort.

“@England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day,” he tweeted. “You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves — I know there’s more to come.”

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