Kane releases defiant statement responding to player abuse

Date published: Monday 12th July 2021 8:02 - James Holland

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Harry Kane has responded to the racist abuse aimed at some of his team-mates by saying the perpetrators ‘aren’t England fans’.

Following the Three Lions’ heartbreaking defeat to Italy, three England players were subjected to harmful and abhorrent abuse online.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were all recipients after their misses in the penalty shoot-out.

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Kane said on Twitter: “Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen when the stakes were high.

“They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since last night.

“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

Kane joins a long list of people showing their support for the three stars, including the Duke of Cambridge.

He tweeted: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

“It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W.”

The abuse has led to increasing calls for identification to be essential for social media accounts.

Such a policy would hopefully deter abusers by making them more easily found and punished.

Sadly for Saka, Rashford and Sancho, this is not the first time they have had to deal with such behaviour.

Rashford was on the receiving end of racist abuse in May following Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

His mural in Manchester was defaced on Sunday night, but has since been overlaid with messages of love and support.

Former England international Mark Hateley says education is key to tackling the issue.

“It is about education, kids need to be educated, education is everything.

“It is in-built in individuals through parents and grandparents.

“Last night was shocking. It is a horrible situation. You knew straight away.

“You could have written the back pages or the front pages before that happened.

“It is a sad indictment of where we are right now with humanity.

“Social media platforms need to take stronger action. They need to have teams in place that can react instantly to any rubbish that goes up online and then a ban from social media.”

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