Prince William raised his voice loud and clear.
Less than a day after Italy beat England in the 2021 European Championship, the Duke of Cambridge went on Twitter condemning the “racial abuse” that some of England’s players have been exposed to. After England’s loss, stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, three of the team’s black players who participated in the penalty shootout received a barrage of hateful comments online.
“I am disgusted with the racial abuse of English players after last night’s game. It is totally unacceptable for players to endure this hideous behavior,” the father of three said in a tweeted statement. “It has to stop now and everyone involved should be held accountable.”
The Football Association similarly condemned such behavior, frankly telling the public that the organization “is appalled at the online racism targeting some of our English players on social media”.
“We couldn’t make it clearer that someone behind such disgusting behavior is not welcome to follow the team. We will do everything we can to support the players concerned while demanding the toughest penalties for all those responsible.”