England’s Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were all targeted with racist abuse online following Sunday’s loss to Italy on penalties in the final of the UEFA European Championship, and a mural dedicated to Rashford in Manchester was vandalized.
The Manchester United forward took to Twitter Monday to thank fans and others for supportive messages he’s received since the conclusion of the match:
Rashford also shared multiple positive notes sent his way:
The 23-year-old missed his penalty during the shootout, as did the aforementioned Sancho and Saka. As mentioned by ESPN, the English Football Association condemned the abuse sent to the footballers via a released statement.
“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,” the organization said. “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.”
Three Lions captain and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane lashed out at those attacking his teammates. “If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an @England fan and we don’t want you,” he wrote in a tweet.
England manager Gareth Southgate called the racist messages “unforgivable.”