Three Black players who missed penalties during England’s loss to Italy were subjected to racial abuse online. Disgruntled fans were leaving monkey emojis on their social media pages after the game, which caused Prince William to speak out against racism. Oh?
Now, folks want to know why he didn’t have that same energy when his own brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan Markle spoke out about racism. More inside…
As much as folks like to believe racism is dead…it isn’t. And we’re constantly reminded how prevalent it really is.
Three Black players who missed penalty kicks for England during the European Championship shootout against Italy were virtually attacked with racist comments online after the game. The targeted abuse caused the English Football Association to issue a statement condemning the abuse against the players.
And so did Prince William.
The British royal took to Twitter to address what was happening, revealing he is "sickened" by the racist attacks against the Black soccer players.
I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.
It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021
“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” the Duke of Cambridge tweeted from the official Kensington Royal account. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour,” he continued. "It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable," signed “W.”
The FA said in a statement it was “appalled” by the abuse of the three players.
19-year-old Bukayo Saka (one of the youngest players on the England team) missed the penalty that gave the title to Italy and denied England its first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup. Italy took home its second European Championship tournament after beating England 3-2.
Following the match, the three Black players – Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19 – opened up Instagram to see their comments section flooded with racist reactions and "monkey" emojis.
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To combat the racist abuse, fans have been flooding all three of their social media accounts with positive vibes.
Twitter announced they were deleting racist tweets and permanently suspending several accounts who violated the rules.
“In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules – the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill in the statement.
Not mad at this.
Meanwhile, Prince William is getting dragged on Twitter for speaking out against racism aimed at the Black soccer players, but was super unsupportive when his own brother Prince Harry and his sister-in-law Meghan Markle revealed racism was a huge reason why he and Meghan decided to leave the UK and step away as senior royals. In response, Prince William made a statement saying the British royal family "is not a racist family."
Now, folks are side-eyeing the Duke of Cambridge. Peep the reactions below:
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 12, 2021
What they’re doing to these talented boys is the same thing they did to Meghan Markle, from the monarchy that is their attitude.
The shittiest country in this 21st century is England.
WE STAND WITH YOU. pic.twitter.com/oPXIYL3vZx
— Nana Kwame (@Nana_Kwame98) July 12, 2021
The Daily Mail right now working out how to blame Englands penalty loss to Italy on Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/3pjSvd9oLk
— Joshua Crawley (@AllHailTheVoid) July 11, 2021
The fact that we all immediately knew what was gonna happen to these boys is exactly the reason why we believe Meghan Markle unreservedly pic.twitter.com/XyhSBCvAzN
— Duduzile (@SothoDudu) July 12, 2021
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Hmph. Prince William deserves every bit of this dragging.
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