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
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."