England forward Jadon Sancho has finally made a comment following the avalanche of racial abuse that came his way and teammates Saka and Rashford respectively.
Sancho who is on the verge of relocating to Old Trafford said about the abuse “Sadly it’s nothing new, as a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable” adding that hate will never win.
England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy on Sunday led to Rashford, Saka and Sancho all being targeted online.
Greater Manchester Police and West Mercia Police both arrested suspects, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that social media companies will face fines amounting to 10 per cent of their global revenue if they fail to remove racist abuse from their platforms.
Speaking for the first time since England’s defeat, Sancho thanked supporters for their positive messages.
The Dortmund ace did not fail to offer advise to younger players who may have received such abuses.
“Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.
I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people. Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward.
“I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.”
Sancho was a late substitute in Sunday’s final, and went on to see his penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The forward, who is expected to join Manchester United this week, said he was confident when stepping up to take the spot-kick, but admitted the loss will “hurt for a long time”.