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Portsmouth sack three players for racist comments aimed at England stars

The sickening comments were shared on an Under-18s Snapchat group following England’s defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final

Portsmouth have released three U18s players for racist messages aimed at England’s stars following the Euro 2020 final.

The comments were shared in an Under-18s Snapchat group with a number of the club’s youth players in, before being leaked online and circulating on social media.

One read: “[Marcus] Rashford is getting lynched,” while another said: “All black ones missed.” Monkey emojis were also used in the conversation.

Portsmouth immediately launched an investigation into the group chat remarks and that has now concluded.

A statement from the club on the matter reads: “Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that the investigation – and subsequent disciplinary process – into discriminatory messages that originated from an academy U18 private group chat has now concluded.



The vile messages were shared on Snapchat




“We can confirm that a decision has been made today (July 28) to release three players from the academy. These players do have the right to appeal the club’s decision.

“Portsmouth Football Club are fully committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

“We are part of a diverse community and are dedicated to promoting an environment of equality and inclusion at all times – both inside the football club and in our wider society.

“We also continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of the club’s employees and any other external parties.”

England heroes Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka faced the majority of the racist abuse on social media following the Three Lions’ penalty shootout defeat.



Portsmouth have released the three youth players
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Speaking at the time about the vile comments, England boss Gareth Southgate said: “It’s just not what we stand for,” said England boss Gareth Southgate.

“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

“It’s my decision who takes the penalties, it’s not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out.”




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