Jadon Sancho has said “hate will never win” after confirming that he saw the racial abuse directed against him after losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy.

Alongside Marcus Rashford and Buyako Saka, Sancho was one of three English players who missed the penalty shoot-out on Sunday night.

After the defeat, the three players were racially abused on their respective social media accounts.

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On Instagram, Sancho recalled the events of the penalty kick, which he was unable to implement, and the experience of the tournament.

“I’ve had a few days to think about the final on Sunday and I still feel a mixture of emotions,” he began.

“I would like to apologize to all of my team-mates, the coaching staff and, above all, the fans who I let down. It’s by far the worst feeling of my career. It’s hard to put the real feeling into words, but there has been so much positive news from this tournament, although losing will hurt for a long time.

“Racial abuse among English players after the last disgusting and shameful”

“My first thought before I go to a soccer game is always,“ How can I help my team? How can I help? how should i score? How do I create opportunities? And that’s exactly what I wanted to do with this penalty, to help the team. I was ready and confident to take it, these are the moments you dream of as a kid, that’s why I play soccer. These are the pressures that footballers want to be exposed to. I’ve already taken penalties at club level, I’ve coached them countless times for both the club and the country so I chose my corner, but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.

“We all had the same ambitions and goals. We wanted to take the trophy home with us.

This was one of the most pleasant camps I have participated in in my career so far, the togetherness of the team was second to none, a real family on and off the pitch. “

The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker, who is expected to join Manchester United this summer, addressed the abuse he had experienced with his English colleagues.


“I’m not going to pretend [sic] that I didn’t see the racist abuse that I and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but unfortunately that’s nothing new. As a society we have to do better and hold these people accountable.

“Hate will never win. To all young people who have suffered similar abuse, hold your head up and keep pursuing the dream. I am proud of this English team and of how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many. As much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build on this experience and learn from it in the future. I want to thank you very much for all the positive news and the love and support that far outweighed the negative. It has always been an honor to represent England and to wear the Three Lions jersey and I have no doubt we will come back even stronger! Stay healthy and see you soon ❤️ ”

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