Prince William Issues Strongly Worded Statement About Racist Abuse Towards England Players

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Prince William has issued a statement condemning the racist abuse that has been levelled at a number of young England football players.

His Royal Highness has insisted he is 'sickened' by some of the things he has witnessed, following the Euros final defeat on Sunday evening.

On Monday morning, hours after watching Gareth Southgate's team lose during a penalty shoot-out to Italy at Wembley Stadium with his son Prince George and wife Kate Middleton, the Duke of Cambridge issued a rare, direct statement on Twitter.

'I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,' the tweet read. 'It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

'It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.'

The tweet - sent by the official account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - was signed off 'W' to signify that it has come directly from Prince William.

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Photo credit: Laurence Griffiths - Getty Images

Following the defeat last night, several Black England players most notably Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Sancho - who all missed or had their penalties saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the shootout - were the subject of vile, racial abuse on their social media accounts.

The Football Association (which Prince William serves as president of) also condemned the 'appalling' abuse levied towards these players

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England also issued a statement on it's official account, as did Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was seen at Wembley last night with his wife Carrie Simmonds.

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The Metropolitan Police said in a tweet they were aware of the racist abuse on social media towards the players and said it will 'not be tolerated and will be investigated'.

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Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999

You can also signpost to True Vision which is a helpful resource for people wanting to report a hate crime: https://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime

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