FA release statement after England stars racially abused on social media after Italy loss

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The Football Association have condemned racist social media content aimed at England players after the Three Lions were beaten by Italy in the Euro 2020 final. 

Defender Luke Shaw put England on course for their first major tournament success since 1966 with an excellent half-volley inside two minutes. 

Italy struggled into the first half-time, only Federico Chiesa went close to testing Jordan Pickford with a long-range strike. 

A spokesperson for the governing body said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.

“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team.

“We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.

“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”

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