England’s loss to Italy on penalties led to an outpouring of hatred and racist messages on social networks. F1 driver and current Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton claims to be committed to fighting discrimination and certainly didn’t hold back on Instagram.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed their shots on goal in England’s Euro final loss to Italy (1-1, 3-2 on penalties). These three young faces are nevertheless the promise of a bright future for the Three Lions team. The defeat of the English side provoked numerous racist comments posted in the night following the match. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was particularly involved in the fight, replying on Monday.
Via Instagram, Hamilton strongly condemned the hateful messages posted after England lost the final:
“I had so many things on my mind watching the final moments of last night’s game. On the one hand, I was so proud of how far we’ve come…
“To be in the final with such a diverse team is an achievement we can all be proud of, but when the players stepped up to take the penalties I was worried.
“The pressure to perform is felt by all sportsmen and women, but when you are a minority and representing your country, the experience is more complex.
“A success would feel like a double victory, but a failure feels like a double failure when it is compounded by racist insults. I wanted this victory so much, as did all of you, but for me it was much more than winning the Euro, it was a much bigger picture.
“However, the disgusting behaviour of a small number of people shows how much work still needs to be done. I hope this opens up a discussion on acceptance.
“We need to work on a society that does not require black players to prove their worth or place in society solely by winning. At the end of the day, everyone in the England team should be very proud of their performance and how they represented us.”