England players suffer racial abuse after losing Euro 2020 final to Italy
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Three England players were subjected to racist slurs on social media after the side lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on penalties at the Wembley Stadium.

The 1-1 stalemate led to the penalty shootout which ended 3-2 in Italy’s favour.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed the penalties and this drew racial abuse.

In separate statements, the FA and England team condemned the act.

Luke Shaw gave the hosts a reason to celebrate at the beginning of the big final. The defender scored in only the second minute of the match, registering the fastest opener in the history of the Euro finals.

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However, Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the 67th minute.

“It’s for them, it’s for us, we have said since day one we believe we can do it. It is only right Italians celebrate in all four corners of the globe tonight,” the veteran defender said after the Azurri lifted the coveted trophy.

Like the semis against Spain, Italy won on penalties and extended their unbeaten run to 34 under Roberto Mancini.

Managers react to Euro final outcome

Some fans criticized England manager Gareth Southgate’s decision to let the 19-year-old Saka take the fifth, decisive penalty. And Southgate admitted that it rests with him.

“In terms of the penalties, that’s my call. It totally rests with me. I decided on the penalty takers based on what they’ve done in training, and nobody is on their own,” he told BBC.

“We won together as a team, and it’s on all of us for not being able to win the game tonight. We’re hugely disappointed. The players have been an absolute credit, they’ve given everything they possibly could.”

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Southgate feels that one of the reasons Italy bounced back into the contest was due to the host’s lack of ball possession.

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“They’ve run themselves into the ground. At times they played really well, at times we didn’t keep the ball quite well enough, especially at the start of the second half, but we can’t have any recriminations, they’ve been a joy to work with. They’ve gone further than we’ve gone for so long, but tonight it’s incredibly painful in that dressing room.”

On the flip side, Italy manager Mancini was left teary-eyed while addressing media after making history.

“It was seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the work we have put in over the last three years and specifically in the last 50 days, which have been very hard.

“We have got on very well, there have never been issues and the players deserve credit for that. Not just on the pitch, they did a brilliant job there, but I think it is the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit.

Italy are on the verge of registering the longest unbeaten streak in international football. The record is co-held by Brazil (1993 to 1996) and Spain (2003-2007), who remained unbeaten for 35 straight games.

“They have created something that can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph because they have so much respect for one another.”


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