Prince William was recently seen in attendance at the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy along with his wife Kate and eldest son, Prince George.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is also the president of the Football Association, afterward condemned the horrid and racially charged comments made on social media targeting select players of England’s squad.
“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.” he stated in a tweet.
The tweet from Prince William comes shortly after a statement released by the FA calling out the abuse mostly targeted towards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and BukayoSaka during last night’s intense penalty shootout.
The FA 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 behavior 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.”
It added: “We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore the 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.”
England’s official account also retweeted the statement, continuing: “We’re disgusted that some of our squad – who have given everything for the shirt this summer – have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game. We stand with our players.”
England’s squad, along with many others have taken a stance throughout the tournament against racism and racial inequality by taking a knee. Hopefully, we will see less of this in the future.