After a 1–1 draw in regular time and then extra time, Italy won 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out. England’s Football Association (FA) issued a statement saying it was shocked by the ‘bad behaviour’. He also said social media companies should take steps to ensure their platforms are free from “hateful” abuse.
“We will do everything we can to support the players affected,” the FA said. He also demanded the strictest punishment for those responsible for this. The union said, ‘We will continue to do our best to remove discrimination from the game, but we urge the government to act quickly and enact appropriate legislation against this abuse.’ The three players who were targeted are part of an England youth team praised for its diversity.
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Rashford’s photo was also defaced on the wall of a south Manchester cafe after Sunday’s match. Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating racially motivated damage which happened at 2.50am. Manchester Police Chief Inspector Paul Saville said: ‘This is degrading behavior and will not be tolerated at all.
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First Published: July 13, 2021, 05:04 IST