Portsmouth investigate alleged racist abuse towards England stars from players

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Portsmouth have launched an investigation amid allegations their academy players aimed racial abuse at England players after the Euro 2020 final.

Sunday's heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat at Wembley prompted horrific abuse towards members of Gareth Southgate's side.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed to convert from the spot and were bombarded with a barrage of abuse on their social media channels.

On Tuesday night, a photograph on social media purported to show members of Portsmouth's Under-18 side also engaging in that behaviour in a Snapchat group chat.

One individual in the chat calls for Rashford to be 'lynched' before saying their houses would be getting 'bombed'.

Another member of the chat proceeds to use the word 'n*****' repeatedly, also writing that "all black ones missed."

Monkey emojis and other offensive images were also used in the conversation.

Portsmouth today confirmed they would be launching a full investigation.

"Portsmouth Football Club are aware of images circulating on social media that allegedly originate from an academy u18 group chat and which are discriminatory in nature," a statement read.

"The club have launched an immediate investigation and will provide an update once this has been completed.

"Portsmouth Football Club strongly condemn racism and are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination. There is no place for it in our game or society as a whole."

Fans on social media called for the League One club to release the players involved if they were found to be guilty.

The majority of England supporters have condemned the vile racial language aimed at Rashford, Sancho and Saka in recent days.

A mural of Rashford painted on the side of a cafe near Manchester was defaced just hours after the shootout.

However, in recent days hundreds of people have flocked to the site to leave messages of hope.

Reacting to the scenes in Withington on Tuesday, Manchester United star Rashford said: "Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words."

England boss Southgate called out the vile attacks on his players, along with Three Lions captain Harry Kane.

The Spurs star this week tweeted: "Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up & 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.”

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