Portsmouth release three academy players after investigation into racist messages aimed at England stars posted in group chat after Euro 2020 final defeat

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Portsmouth release three academy players after investigation into racist messages aimed at England stars posted in group chat after Euro 2020 final defeat


Portsmouth have released three academy players following an investigation into racist abuse aimed at England players.

In the aftermath of the Three Lions’ defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final earlier this month, vile messages allegedly sent in a group chat between Pompey Under-18 players emerged on social media.

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Portsmouth have concluded their investigation

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – all sent racist abuse online after they missed their spot kicks – were the subject of the discriminatory comments.

Monkey emojis were used, while one wrote ‘houses are getting bombed’ and ‘death threats immediately’.

Another message read: “F*** the n*****s absolute c****s.”

One wrote: “Rashford is getting lynched.”

Portsmouth and Hampshire Police launched an investigation into the messages and the League One club has now confirmed three players have been kicked out.

Saka was supported by his teammates after he missed his penalty

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Saka was supported by his teammates after he missed his penalty

A statement read: “We can confirm that a decision has been made today (July 28) to release three players from the academy. These players do have the right to appeal the club’s decision.

“Portsmouth Football Club are fully committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

“We are part of a diverse community and are dedicated to promoting an environment of equality and inclusion at all times – both inside the football club and in our wider society.

“We also continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of the club’s employees and any other external parties.”

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