England footballers Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have jetted out on holiday together as the duo look to rest and recharge following the racist abuse directed at them during Euro 2020.
The two forwards are set to become team-mates together at Manchester United, after Sancho underwent his medical at Carrington ahead of completing his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund.
They are also close friends, and will now spend their time away after England’s penalties heartbreak against Italy on Sunday and living the high life in Turks and Caicos, before returning to training in the UK.
They have flown to Providenciales, a picturesque island in the Atlantic Ocean, which is on the UK Government’s green list and will provide the Three Lions stars with the perfect backdrop while they soak up the sun.
It comes as chiefs at the UK Football Policing Unit revealed ‘dozens’ of people are being investigated for racist tweets about England’s stars, also including Bukayo Saka with four people arrested so far.
The data suggests the number of tweets being investigated by police for racism is a very small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of tweets which were published about the match in total on Sunday night.
Social media giants Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok have so far refused to reveal how many posts were reported to them for racism, or how many of those were judged to be in breach of their policies.
However Twitter did say it had removed more than 1,000 posts in 24 hours, and suspended a number of accounts for violating its rules. Facebook said it has equally removed abusive comments on its platform and Instagram.
One campaign group identified 42 comments likening players to monkeys, 17 posts using the ‘N-word’ and 15 telling players to ‘return’ to other countries, despite the fact that all three were born and raised in the UK.