Prince William has issued a statement condemning the vile racist abuse that has been levelled at a number of young England football players.
His Royal Highness stated that he is "sickened" by some of the behaviour he's 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, 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 - published 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.
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 levelled at these players
England also issued a statement on its official account, and numerous other high-profile figures have also condemned the racist actions on social media.
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".
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: www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime.
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