England captain Harry Kane criticises fans who racially abused Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka

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Racist maltreatment of England players is 'unforgivable' - Southgate

England skipper Harry Kane has told those down the racist maltreatment of team-mates Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka: "You're not an England instrumentality and we don't privation you."

All 3 players missed penalties successful the 3-2 shootout nonaccomplishment to Italy successful Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

They were targeted connected societal media aft the game.

"They merit enactment and backing, not the vile racist maltreatment they've had since past night," Kane said.

"Three lads who were superb each summertime had the courageousness to measurement up and instrumentality a pen erstwhile the stakes were high," the Tottenham striker added on Twitter.external-link

"If you maltreatment anyone connected societal media you're not an England instrumentality and we don't privation you."

Earlier, manager Gareth Southgate said the racist maltreatment issued aft the decision was "unforgivable".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Football Association besides condemned it.

The Metropolitan Policeexternal-link is investigating the maltreatment and said "it volition not beryllium tolerated", portion the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) has besides launched an investigation.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs' Council Football Policing Lead, said constabulary were moving with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter "and enquiries are already being progressed".

"It's conscionable not what we basal for," said Southgate.

"We person been a beacon of airy successful bringing radical together, successful radical being capable to subordinate to the nationalist team, and the nationalist squad stands for everybody and truthful that togetherness has to continue.

"We person shown the powerfulness our state has erstwhile it does travel unneurotic and has that vigor and positivity together.

"It's my determination who takes the penalties, it's not a lawsuit of players not volunteering oregon much experienced players backing out."

England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham tweeted a representation of the 3 players wearing crowns and wrote: "We triumph unneurotic and we suffer together. So arrogant to person team-mates with specified apical character. As for the racism, hurtful but not surprising. Will ne'er get bored of saying that much needs to beryllium done. Educate and power the platforms."

Sancho and RashfordJadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford missed penalties successful England's shootout defeat

European football's governing assemblage Uefa condemned the "disgusting racist abuse", adding: "We basal by the players and the FA's telephone for the strongest imaginable punishments."

On Monday, League Two broadside Leyton Orient said they had banned a instrumentality for beingness successful transportation with the abuse.

"The protagonist successful question's actions connected Twitter were alerted to the nine precocious past night, and enactment has been taken swiftly to contented a banning order," the nine said.

And a parish councillor successful Shropshire has resigned aft racist posts appeared connected his idiosyncratic Facebook leafage successful the aftermath of England's defeat.

Paul Bradbury, a subordinate of Pontesbury Parish Council, said his relationship had been hacked.

West Mercia Police said it had arrested a antheral successful his 60s from Minsterley, Shropshire, connected suspicion of inciting radical hatred and helium remained successful constabulary custody.

England had reached their archetypal last successful a large tourney since winning the World Cup successful 1966 and, contempt taking the pb against Italy, drew 1-1 aft other clip earlier a punishment shootout.

"This England squad merit to beryllium lauded arsenic heroes, not racially abused connected societal media," said the premier minister.external-link

He aboriginal started a Downing Street briefing by praising the players, adding: "They brought joyousness to this state and to those who person been directing racist maltreatment I accidental 'shame connected you and I anticipation you volition crawl backmost nether the stone from which you emerged'."

England's players person taken a genu earlier games astatine the Euros to item the combat against radical inequality.

On the time the tourney started connected 11 June, the premier curate did not condemn fans who jeered erstwhile England players took the genu during 2 warm-up games.

Instead, Johnson said helium wanted to spot fans "getting down the squad to cheer them on" - and was past accused of not having "the guts to telephone it out" by Labour person Sir Keir Starmer.

We implore authorities to enactment rapidly - FA

The FA said it was "appalled" by the "online racism" directed astatine the 3 players pursuing the decision astatine Wembley.

It added: "We could not beryllium clearer that anyone down specified disgusting behaviour is not invited successful pursuing the team.

"We volition bash each we tin to enactment the players affected portion urging the toughest punishments imaginable for anyone responsible.

"We volition proceed to bash everything we tin to stamp favoritism retired of the game, but we implore authorities to enactment rapidly and bring successful the due authorities truthful this maltreatment has existent beingness consequences.

"Social media companies request to measurement up and instrumentality accountability and enactment to prohibition abusers from their platforms, stitchery grounds that tin pb to prosecution and enactment making their platforms escaped from this benignant of abhorrent abuse."

In February, the government threatened societal media companies with "large fines" if they failed to tackle maltreatment connected their platforms.

"It's unbelievable that we are inactive talking astir it," FA main enforcement Mark Bullingham told BBC Sport. "We've been truthful clear, these societal media companies request to act. They request to stamp it retired and they tin bash that. "We are reiterating a telephone for the authorities to bring successful the Online Harms Bill arsenic soon arsenic they can. We don't deliberation it's acceptable successful immoderate locomotion of beingness for this racist maltreatment to hap and we privation it to stop."

Rashford highlighted radical maltreatment helium received connected societal media successful May aft losing the Europa League last with Manchester United.

And past twelvemonth Sancho was among sport stars protesting against racism pursuing the execution of George Floyd by a constabulary serviceman successful Minneapolis.

Social media companies person been criticised for a perceived deficiency of enactment connected racist maltreatment connected their platforms, and successful April Instagram announced a instrumentality to alteration users to automatically filter retired abusive messages from those they bash not follow.

Following galore instances of online abuse, a fig of clubs, players, athletes and sporting bodies took portion successful a four-day boycott of societal media successful April to promote companies to instrumentality a stronger stance against racist and sexist abuse.

On the backmost of the maltreatment suffered by England's players aft the Euro 2020 final, Facebook said it had precocious announced tougher measures connected its Instagram platform, including permanently deleting accounts that repeatedly nonstop abusive nonstop messages.

"No 1 should person to acquisition racist maltreatment anywhere, and we don't privation it connected Instagram," said a Facebook spokesperson.

"We rapidly removed comments and accounts directing maltreatment astatine England's footballers past nighttime and we'll proceed to instrumentality enactment against those that interruption our rules.

"In summation to our enactment to region this content, we promote each players to crook connected Hidden Words, a instrumentality which means nary 1 has to spot maltreatment successful their comments oregon DMs.

"No 1 happening volition hole this situation overnight, but we're committed to keeping our assemblage harmless from abuse."

Twitter said it had removed much than 1,000 posts implicit the past 24 hours and suspended a fig of accounts for violating its rules.

Southgate said his squad would "heal unneurotic arsenic a squad now" and that "we're determination for them [Sancho, Rashford and Saka] and I cognize that 99% of the nationalist volition beryllium arsenic well".

He added: "Bukayo successful peculiar has been an implicit prima successful this tournament, unthinkable maturity and the mode helium has played has brought a grin to truthful galore people's faces.

"He's go specified a fashionable subordinate of the radical and I cognize helium has got everybody's support."

The Professional Footballers' Association joined the condemnation, saying those liable "represent the worst of us", and that the effect from societal media companies was "insufficient".

"Racist maltreatment causes trauma. It volition interaction the targeted players, their team-mates, and we cognize it volition besides impact their peers," the PFA said.

"It causes wounded to each the different fans who presumption online hate, and it volition inevitably unrecorded with the adjacent aspiring procreation of young players."

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Arsenal arrogant of Saka - and different reaction

Former England striker and BBC pundit Alan Shearer said helium hoped "social media companies exposure these individuals" who station online abuse.

"There are truthful galore positives for societal media but besides truthful galore negatives," Shearer told BBC Breakfast.

"The positives are that it allows truthful galore of these players and squad to amusement their property connected the transportation and, astir importantly, disconnected the pitch.

"But connected the antagonistic side, what connected world are radical reasoning astir - erstwhile these guys person been brave capable to instrumentality a punishment - to spell online and maltreatment these players?

"What is incorrect with immoderate people? It is conscionable truthful bittersweet and ridiculous. I anticipation the societal media companies exposure these individuals. Absolutely disgusting."

Saka, who had his punishment saved by Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, was consoled by his team-mates and England manager Southgate pursuing his spot-kick.

The 19-year-old has been astatine Arsenal since helium was 7 and the Gunners said they were "proud" of the winger's exploits astatine Euro 2020 and told him to "hold your caput high".

"Last nighttime we witnessed the enactment and quality we've ever known and loved successful Bukayo," said an Arsenal statement.

"However, this feeling of pridefulness rapidly turned to sorrow astatine the racist comments our young subordinate was subjected to connected his societal media platforms aft the last whistle.

"Once again, we are bittersweet to person to accidental we condemn the racism of a fig of achromatic players.

"This cannot proceed and the societal media platforms and authorities indispensable enactment to guarantee this disgusting maltreatment to which our players are subjected connected a regular ground stops now.

"We person processes successful spot internally astatine Arsenal to guarantee our players are supported some emotionally and practically connected this contented but sadly determination is lone truthful overmuch we tin do."

Seven-time Formula 1 satellite champion Lewis Hamilton wrote connected Instagram it "shows however overmuch enactment inactive needs to beryllium done" to tackle the occupation of online racist abuse.

Former England defender Gary Neville criticised the stance of the premier curate and feared the worst erstwhile Sancho, Rashford and Saka missed their penalties.

"I wasn't amazed successful the slightest that I woke up to those headlines," Neville told Sky News.

"I expected it the infinitesimal that the 3 players that missed, missed."


BBC exertion analogous Rory Cellan-Jones

This is the biggest trial yet for the societal media giants successful their attempts to ace down connected radical maltreatment of footballers - and truthful acold it's not going well.

Such is the measurement of abusive comments that the companies trust progressively connected automated systems to weed it out. But these person terrible limitations. On illustration - an orangutan emoji was utilized successful an Instagram remark astir 1 England footballer. But the idiosyncratic who reported it got a connection saying "our exertion has recovered that this remark doesn't spell against our Community Guidelines."

The connection from Instagram went connected to admit "our exertion isn't perfect" - and made it wide that the quality moderation squad hadn't been capable to reappraisal the determination due to the fact that of the measurement of reports.

There volition beryllium unit connected the companies to marque it intolerable to usage definite words oregon emojis - but they volition constituent to disapproval from others who accidental they should not beryllium policing code that whitethorn beryllium distasteful but is not illegal.

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