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'I Am Sickened': Prince William Condemns Abuse Against England's Black Footballers

'I Am Sickened': Prince William Condemns Abuse Against England's Black Footballers

The racist abuse directed at three Black soccer players for England since the team's loss to Italy in the European Championship finals on Sunday night has left Prince William "sickened."

After Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed penalty kicks at the end of the game, the three were subjected to a barrage of “offensive and racist” social media posts. Many prominent public figures condemned the outpouring of bigotry, and the Metropolitan Police have said they are investigating at least some of the social media content.

“It is completely unacceptable that players must put up with such abhorrent behavior,” William, president of the English Football Association, wrote on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account Monday morning.

“It must stop now, and all those involved should be held accountable,” he wrote, signing off with a “W” for William.

I am sickened by the racist abuse directed at England players following last night's match; it is completely unacceptable that players should be subjected to such heinous behavior; it must stop immediately, and all those responsible must be held accountable. W — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021

William has previously spoken out against the racist slurs heaped on many Black soccer players.

The royal tweeted in January that "racist abuse - whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media - is despicable and must stop now."

“We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated, and those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountable for their actions,” he wrote, urging others to report abuse and social media companies to take stronger measures.

Many have praised William for his comments about racism in soccer, but many have criticized him for not publicly defending his biracial sister-in-law Meghan Markle from sexist and racist abuse she has faced both on and off the field.

In a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan and Prince Harry revealed that a member of the royal family expressed racist "concerns and conversations" about how dark their son's skin would be before he was born.

Ooh, now do the racist abuse directed at Meghan Markle. *pulls up chair* https://t.co/LihEkLkW4X — Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) July 12, 2021

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex refused to identify the family member who made those remarks, though Harry did clarify that they did not come from Queen Elizabeth or the late Prince Philip.

During a public appearance a few days after his interview with Oprah, William stated that the royals were "very much not a racist family."

  • Dano S.
    • Dano S.
    • 12 Jul, 2021

    Great photo of a torso in a suit. You people need help.

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