England's Football Association (FA) released a statement today (Jul 12) condemning the online racist abuse hurled at the players following the team's penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
After both sides were deadlocked at the end of extra time, Italy won the shootout 3-2, with England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who are all black, missing spot kicks.
All three players missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss and were targeted on social media after the game.
"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," the statement said.
"We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour 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."
European football's governing body Uefa condemned the "disgusting racist abuse", adding: "We stand by the players and the FA's call for the strongest possible punishments."
The England team also released a statement condemning the abuse directed at its players on social media.
"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," the team tweeted.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the team deserved to be lauded as heroes and not racially abused on social media.
British police said that they would investigate the posts.
"We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the #Euro2020 final," the Metropolitan Police tweeted.
"This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated."