Campaign to ban Rashford, Saka and Sancho from football for life
The racism scandal that shook the UK! When Saka, Rashford and Sancho missed a penalty, they came under intense racist attacks from the fans.
In the final match of EURO 2020, there was a racism scandal in England, which lost the championship by losing to Italy at the end of penalties. Racist attacks were made on social media against black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka who missed the penalties. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the British Football Federation made statements on the subject.
Racist attacks were made on social media against black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed the penalties in the European Football Championship final match, where England lost 3-2 to Italy.
The name most exposed to racist attacks was Arsenal’s 19-year-old star Bukayo Saka, who missed the last penalty. Messages and racist emojis were sent to Saka on social media such as “Go back to Nigeria, go from here”
750,000 signatures for Rashford, Saka and Sancho: Lifetime ban from football
After the final, British fans moved in for Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho.
After the England-Italy final, more than 750,000 fans handed racist abusers a lifetime ban from football.
Gareth Southgate’s team finished overtime with a 1-1 score against Roberto Mancini’s Sky Blue team, but Italy was ridiculed in the penalty shootout.
Three British players, Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who failed to benefit from the penalty, were subjected to racist attacks on social media and other online platforms.
Campaigning for Rashford, Saka and Sancho
More than 750,000 fans signed a petition calling for a lifetime ban from football for those who racially abused football players.
Fans want the government and football authorities to reveal their stance on this issue and to impose a lifetime ban.
The petition includes rugby legend and English World Cup champion Phil Vickery, comedian Eddie Izzard and model Katie Price.
The campaign, titled “Ban racists from all football matches in England for life”, was produced by anti-racist campaigners Shaista Aziz and her friends.
The following statements were included in the campaign on Change.org:
“As multiethnic football fans, we are represented by the anti-racist and inclusive England team.”
- “We couldn’t be more proud or inspired by our amazing team and their talent, courage and leadership.”
- “Gareth Southgate’s vision of ‘England plays for ALL of us’ is an inclusive vision and is why they are so loved by most of us.”
- “There should be no place for racism and bigotry in football or society”
What did Marcus Rashford say?
Marcus Rashford whined by making a statement on the subject from his social media account.
He said he had “never felt more proud” from representing England at Euro 2020 and underlined that he would “never apologize for who he is and where he came from”.
“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words what I felt at that moment,” Rashford said. He continued his sentence as follows:
“I had a tough season, everybody knew that, and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.”
“I’ve always counted on penalties but something didn’t work out. I was buying myself time with a run and unfortunately the result wasn’t what I wanted.”
“I felt like I let my teammates down. I disappointed everyone. The only thing I was asked to contribute to the team was the penalty. I could have taken the penalty in my sleep, but why? He plays the moment I hit the ball.” There are no words to describe how it felt in my head over and over and probably.”
“Final. 55 years. A penalty. History. All I can say is I’m sorry. I wish it were different. I want to apologize to my teammates. This was one of the best camps I’ve had this summer and you all played a part. An unbreakable brotherhood was formed. Your success is my success. Your failure is my success.” it’s me again.”
“I’ve become what I hope I haven’t read about myself. The color of my skin, where I grew up, or what I’ve done off the court lately… I can criticize my performance, my punishment all day. It wasn’t good enough, it should have been a target but I will never apologize for who I am and where I came from.”
“I’ve never been more proud to have those Three Lions on my chest and to see my family make me happy in a crowd of tens of thousands. I was dreaming back then. The messages I got today were absolutely stunning and it made me cry to see what was done in Withington.”
“The people around me all the time keep me going. I’m Withington and Marcus Rashford, a 23-year-old black man from Wythenshawe. If I have nothing, this is it.”
“Thanks for all your kind messages. I’ll come back stronger. We’ll come back stronger.”
Racist attack on Marcus Rashford
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who used the last three penalties for England, were exposed to the ugly words of racists on social media.
Many users commenting on Saka, Sancho and Rashford’s past posts on Twitter and Instagram used monkey emojis and racist expressions.
Rashford drew attention to the racism he was exposed to on social media after losing the Europa League final with Manchester United in May.
Sancho, on the other hand, supported the anti-racism protests organized for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA last year.
Rashford’s racist attacks remain a hallmark in English football, as seen with Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings.
After what has happened on and off the pitch, England has many issues and questions to address.
Now England hopes for victory at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.