L’England of the world of football had lined up alongside them, and God forbid. But not only football has decided to harshly condemn the racist insults, which arrived on social media, to Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Says e Jadon Sancho, guilty of having missed the decisive penalties in the final of Euro 2020 of Gareth’s team Southgate against our Italy, which earned us the second title of European champions.
The ongoing investigation has, in fact, led to some arrests: Four people were arrested by the police, as reported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on its website. Chief Commissioner Mark Roberts in a statement sent a warning to those responsible not yet identified: “If we reconstruct that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and face serious consequences for your shameful actions.”
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Racist insults, Sancho replies
«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 have felt in my career, and it is difficult to explain it with words ». Thus begins a long open letter posted on social media by Jadon Sancho, one of the three players who missed their penalties in the European final a Wembley and who then suffered bursts of insults, many of them due to the color of their skin.
“In this tournament there have been many positive aspects from which to draw lessons – continues the 21-year-old player who has just passed from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United – even if we think that this defeat will continue to hurt us for a long time”. My first thought before any game – continues Sancho – 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 ».
Having said that “we all had the same ambitions and the same ambitions, we wanted to bring that trophy home”, Sancho moves on to the topic that is most dear to him: “I will not pretend not to have perceived the racist insults that my brothers Marcus, Bukayo (Rashford and Saka ed) and I suffered after the game, but unfortunately there is 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 ». “I am proud – he concludes – of this English national team and of how we have united the whole country after 18 months that have been difficult for so many people”.