Portsmouth have launched an investigation into claims that their academy players racially abused England’s players after the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were all subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing their penalties during the shootout.
A leaked group chat titled ‘U18s’, which has been circulating on social media, appears to show Portsmouth’s academy players exchanging racist messages following England’s defeat in their penalty shootout against Italy.
One player wrote: ‘Rashford is getting lynched’, to which another replied: ‘Exactly. N******. All black ones missed’.
Another message read: ‘F*** the n****** absolute c****.’
Another disturbing message read: ‘Houses are getting bombed.’
In a statement on Wednesday Portsmouth said: ‘Portsmouth Football Club are aware of images circulating on social media that allegedly originate from an academy u18 group chat and which are discriminatory in nature.
‘The club have launched an immediate investigation and will provide an update once this has been completed.
‘Portsmouth Football Club strongly condemn racism and are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination. There is no place for it in our game or society as a whole.’
Speaking after the final, England captain Harry Kane slammed those who had sent racist abuse to his teammates.
‘They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night,’ Kane said.
‘Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen when the stakes were high.
‘If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.’
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