Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed the “ignorant and cowardly rats” who sent racist abuse to the England players after their Euro 2020 final defeat.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all failed to convert their penalties and were subjected to racist abuse on social media after the game.
He said:“The pre game energy in the stadium was the most electric I have seen inside Wembley stadium. The whole stadium were united in clapping both teams taking the knee (the non political act the squad are committed to). What a start to the biggest England game of our lives – everyone there united behind our national team.
“Up to this point the team have been superb, the players loved and idolised by the nation due to their efforts on the pitch – and rightly so.
“Now it’s crazy to me how 120 minutes of football and a penalty shoot out later that the feeling towards some of our England players drastically changed. Immediately after the game social media platforms became the toxic and racist safe place for the ignorant and cowardly rats to start spouting their disgusting feelings.
“Hiding behind the safety blanket that is social media platforms these disgusting people can continually abuse our England players knowing that they are safe to be able to stay anonymous.”
Ferdinand added: “It’s a disgrace that anyone should have to receive this type of online hate….and just think about these same idiots only days ago would have been celebrating the brilliance of a Sterling or a Saka or a Walker for their efforts in an England shirt.
“You can bet ya last pound also that they would have sung the Raheem Sterling song almost bursting the veins in their bodies doing so. But England lose and that joy and sense of being united immediately evaporates and our black players become the target.
“I wake up wanting to go through the game again in my head but cannot do that because the focus has shifted dramatically. It’s a shame that we are continually here asking the same questions and still not getting enough if any movement to help change this.
“These people I am talking about have shown us again who they really are! Social media companies please can we come together in creating a way to protect people on your platforms please…. Our young heroes need your attention too! @Twitter @instagram @Facebook”