‘Unacceptable’: Lewis Hamilton condemns racist abuse of England players

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Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has voiced help for the three Black England soccer players who missed penalties within the Euro 2020 remaining on Sunday, after they had been subjected to a torrent of racist abuse on social media.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks as Italy received 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after further time at Wembley Stadium.

Hamilton, a vocal advocate for social justice, mentioned on Instagram on Monday that the abuse suffered by the England trio confirmed how a lot nonetheless wanted to be executed within the battle in opposition to racism.

“The pressure to deliver is felt by every sportsperson but when you are a minority representing your country this is a layered experience,” Hamilton mentioned.

“Success would really feel like a double victory, however a miss appears like a two-fold failure when it’s compounded with racist abuse.

“We must work towards a society that doesn’t require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory. Ultimately everyone on the England team should be so proud of their achievement and how they represented us.”

Twitter mentioned it had eliminated greater than 1,000 tweets and completely suspended a quantity of accounts following the “abhorrent” abuse directed on the players, whereas Facebook mentioned it had additionally eliminated abusive feedback and accounts.

“The racial abuse on social media towards our players after yesterday’s game is unacceptable,” Hamilton added.

“This sort of ignorance has to be stopped. Tolerance and respect for players of colour should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.”

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