Mark Drakeford condemns ‘unacceptable’ racist abuse towards England players after Euro 2020 final
The First Minister has condemned racist abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka following their penalty kicks defeat against Italy at the Euro 2020 final last night.
All three players missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout and were bombarded with racist messages on social media after the game.
Mark Drakeford joined England manager Gareth Southgate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is condemning those who sent the messages.
“The racist abuse following last night’s Euros 2020 final is absolutely unacceptable, we unreservedly condemn it,” Mark Drakeford said.
“We stand with England’s players against all forms of discrimination – there must be zero tolerance for it.”
He also called on people to submit suggestions to a consultation on creating an anti-racist Wales.
“As we strive towards an anti-racist Wales, we are seeking your views on a Race Equality Action Plan,” he wrote.
Boris Johnson had earlier said that: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
However, he was accused by the Labour Party of hypocrisy after he failed to condemn fans booing the taking of the knee as a symbolic protest against racism at the start of matches.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said that the Prime Minister had “failed the test of leadership because whatever he says today about racism he had a simple choice at the beginning of this tournament in relation to the booing of those who were taking the knee.
“The prime minister failed to call that out and the actions and inactions of leaders have consequences, so I’m afraid the prime minister’s words today ring hollow.”
European football’s governing body UEFA has also condemned the “disgusting racist abuse”, adding that they “stand by the players and the FA’s call for the strongest possible punishments.”