Italy won the title after 19-year-old Bukayo Saka, one of the youngest players in the England team, missed a penalty and England have failed to win any major tournament since the 1966 World Cup. This is the third time in a row that England have failed in a penalty shootout. In Sunday night’s final, Marcus Rashford’s penalties hit the goal post while Bukayo Saka and Jaden Sancho’s penalties were blocked by the Italian goalkeeper. Italy won 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after being tied 1-1 in regular and extra time.
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The 19-year-old Saka failed to convert the deciding penalty into a goal as Italy won the title and England failed to win their first title since the 1966 World Cup. All three players immediately faced racial abuse on social media. London Mayor Sadiq Khan appealed to social media companies to take more steps to punish those responsible.
He tweeted, “There is no place for racism in football or anywhere else. Those responsible for shoddy online misbehavior should be punished and social media companies should take immediate action to avoid and remove this hatred.
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The England team took one knee before matches at the European Championships to express their support for eliminating racial inequality. The team won the hearts of its supporters before missing out in the penalty shootout in the final but the hatred came to the fore after not winning the title.
“We will continue to strongly support the affected players and call for severe punishment for those responsible (for making racist comments),” the FA said in a statement. and is investigating ‘racial’ comments.
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