Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has expressed his support for the three Black England footballers who missed penalty shoot-outs in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday after being subjected to a spate of racial abuse on social media were.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their penalties when Italy won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley.
Hamilton, a vocal social justice advocate, said on Instagram Monday that the abuse of the English trio shows how much there is still to be done in the fight against racism.
« Every athlete feels the pressure to perform, but when If you are a minority representing your country, it is a multi-faceted experience, « said Hamilton.
« Success would feel like a one-two, but failure feels like a double failure when it is linked to racial abuse.
» We have to work towards a society that doesn’t ask black players to prove their worth or their place in society only by winning. Ultimately, everyone on the English team should be as proud of their performance and how they represented us. »
Twitter said it removed more than 1,000 tweets and permanently banned a number of accounts after the « heinous » abuse against players, while Facebook said it also removed abusive comments and accounts.
« The racial abuse on social media against our players after yesterday’s game is unacceptable, » added Hamilton.
« This kind of ignorance must be stopped. Tolerance and respect for colored players should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional. »
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