Racially Abused After Euro 2020 Loss, England Footballer's Powerful Note : 'I'm Marcus Rashford, 23, Black'
The three players who missed England's penalties, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, were subjected to a barrage of abuse on social media.
Marcus Rashford, England's star striker, apologised on Twitter for missing a penalty in England's shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. Rashford was one of three England players to miss penalty kicks in the shootout, which Italy won 3-2.
Following England's heartbreak, Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were all subjected to sickening racial abuse on social media. On Monday night, the England star took to Twitter to express his disappointment, writing, "my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I come from."
Rashford and Sancho were introduced by England manager Gareth Southgate in the final moments of extra time, specifically to take penalties. However, the gamble did not pay off as both players missed from the spot. "I'd only been asked to contribute a penalty to the team. Why shouldn't I be able to score penalties in my sleep? It's been playing over and over in my head since I hit the ball, and there's probably no word to describe how it feels "Rashford put pen to paper.
"Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish I had gone differently," he added.
The England star also posted photos of handwritten notes he received from young fans who had words of encouragement for him.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders expressed outrage at the online abuse directed at England players. England manager Gareth Southgate said the online invective was "unforgivable".
"Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country," he told reporters."We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody."