Euro 2020 Final: Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has showered his support to England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka as they received racist abuse on the back of their Euro 2020 final defeat on Sunday. The Three Lions stars were targeted after their missed their respective spot-kicks in the shootout, handing Italy the championship. Bolt, in a recent interview, threw his weight behind the stars saying that racism had no place in football or in society.
Euro 2020 Final: In an interview with Reuters, Usain Bolt said, “You can be upset at a person for missing because we are human, but if you’re going to bring race into it, then it has no place in football or just in general.” The Olympics legend described the abuse directed at players as “horrifying” and revealed it as tough for him to see it. Bolt added, “First of all that’s horrible to know… for me it’s very tough to see these things. As an African and a Black person, I can tell it must be rough on them and you can’t blame these guys, they don’t make the decision of who takes the penalties.”
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Euro 2020 Final: He further said, “It’s football, you win some, you lose some and it’s tough for you to lose. I’ve gone through it with my team, but I won’t curse anybody or try to put them down when it comes to race or anything. We are all going to be upset when you miss a penalty, but when it gets to race then, it’s going to be a problem you understand.”
Bolt, who won 11 World Championship gold medals said, “It (racial abuse) was very unfair and I can’t believe this is where football is headed, I’ve loved football through my entire career, I’ve followed all these players … so it tough to see something like that going on.”
Euro 2020 Final: The Football Association in a statement said it was “appalled” by the abuse of the three England players.”We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible,” the FA statement said.