Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton took to social media on Monday to condemn the racial abuse suffered by three Black players following England’s defeat against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka — who helped carry England throughout the Euro tournament, missed their penalty shots in the final shootout against Italy’s squadra azzurra.
The defeat sparked a wave of online abuse against the unfortunate trio that was denounced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the Football Association.
The manager of the England team, Gareth Southgate, called the abuse “unforgivable,” and London’s Metropolitan Police has opened an investigation into the matter.
Hamilton, who ramped up his fight against social injustice after the murder in the U.S. of George Floyd in May 2020, took to social media to condemn the abuse directed at England’s players which he stated showed that more needed to be done to fight racism.