The Scotland Yard investigation led to the arrest of four people, others have yet to be identified: “We will catch them all.” The British government has announced a tightening of penalties for racists
Zero tolerance. No sooner said than done. First the racist insults – via social media – to Rashford, Sancho and Saka, then the Scotland Yard investigation which led to the arrest of four people. But others have yet to be identified: “If we reconstruct that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and face serious consequences for your shameful actions,” Chief Commissioner Mark Roberts told the Bbc.
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The four had been the protagonists of the vulgar insults to the three players of Gareth Southgate’s national teams because they were “guilty” of having missed the three penalties in the Wembley final against Italy and having condemned England to defeat in the last act of the European Championships.Racist insults, immediately condemned by the political-institutional authorities (starting with the Premier, Boris Johnson, but also Prince William), as well as the English Football Association. In addition to Uefa and the overwhelming majority of public opinion.
The investigations will also continue in the coming days, while the government has already announced a tightening of the penalties for racists: a law will soon be approved under which the stadium ban on fans responsible for online abuse. A concrete act to combat racism in the world of football, and beyond, also asking for collaboration from the most popular platforms (Facebook, Instagram e Twitter) so that they can take the field helping investigators to trace the true identities of their users.
And one of the three victims of these unfortunate gestures, Sancho, posted a long letter on his social profiles: “I will not pretend not to have perceived the racist insults that my brothers Marcus, Bukayo (Rashford and Saka, ed) and I have suffered after the game, but unfortunately there is no nothing new. As a society we need to improve and empower these people. But hate will never win. To all the young people who have suffered abuse of this type, I tell them to keep walking around with their heads held high and that they continue to pursue their dreams ».
Then he recounted his feelings for the final lost against Italy: «I took a few days to reflect on last Sunday’s final and I still feel a mixture of emotions. I would like to ask forgiveness from my teammates, the coaching staff and, above all, the fans I have disappointed. This is, for sure, the worst feeling I’ve had in my career, and it’s hard to put into words. In this tournament there have been many positive aspects from which to draw lessons, even if we think that this defeat will continue to hurt us for a long time ». And again: «My first thought before any match is“ can I help the team today? ”,“ Will I score or create chances today? ”. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do with my penalty: help my team. I was ready and confident in pulling it. These are the moments that one dreams of as a child and for which he plays football, the pressure situations in which you want to find yourself as a footballer. I scored penalties at club level, I practiced countless times with the club and the national team, and then I chose my corner, but this time I was destined not to hit the mark ».
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