England boss Gareth Southgate condemns racist abuse of Saka, Rashford and Sancho


Gareth Southgate describes the racist abuse suffered by England’s attacking trio Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as “unforgivable” following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 finals. The three forwards were brave enough to step up and take a spot-kick but failed to score as Italy were crowned champions, beating the Three Lions 3-2 in the shootout.

The Manchester United duo were summoned from the bench late in extra time specifically to take one but failed to dispatch with the stakes high.

Rashford saw his penalty hit the post before Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Sancho after diving to his left.


Arsenal youngster Saka also saw his penalty saved after Jordan Pickford kept out Jorginho’s tame effort to hand England a lifeline.

All three players were sent monkey emojis on social media immediately after the defeat and once again, nobody has been held accountable.

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Now Southgate has defended his players and highlighted how proud he is of their efforts, describing them as “a beacon of light.”

“I’m not totally across everything but my first thoughts this morning are with the boys that have done so well for us. The players have had such a great togetherness and spirit and brought our country together,” he said.

“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country.


“We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody.

“We felt the energy and positivity from the fans and I’m incredibly proud of that.”

The football community has sympathised with Saka in particular, praising his bravery for stepping up and taking a spot-kick.


His Arsenal teammates and a host of legends from within the game including Steven Gerrard, sent messages of support to the youngster on social media.

Southgate has also confirmed that he chose the penalty takers in last night’s shootout.

Pundit Roy Keane was critical of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish last night, claiming they should have taken a spot-kick.


“If you’re (Raheem) Sterling or (Jack) Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid [Saka] go up for a penalty ahead of you, you can’t,” Keane told ITV.

“You cannot let a shy 19-year-old go up in front of you. They have a lot more experience, Sterling has won trophies, they had to get in front of the young kid and stand up.”

Grealish has since hit back on social media and made it clear that he wanted to take a penalty but he trusted in the manager’s selection.


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