Jude Bellingham ‘not surprised’ by racist abuse of England players

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England midfielder Jude Bellingham says the racist abuse directed at his Three Lions team-mates is "hurtful but not surprising'.

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Bellingham's Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Jadon Sancho have all been subjected to racist abuse overnight after missing penalties in England's shootout defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.

The FA, manager Gareth Southgate and the Duke of Cambridge have all condemned the abuse - while Leyton Orient have already issued a banning order to one supporter who was found to have been involved. Twitter say they have deleted more than 1,000 abusive posts aimed at England's players.

Bellingham - who turned 18 during the tournament - did not play in the final but has praised his team-mates for stepping up to take the spot kicks and says social media platforms must do more to tackle online abuse.

"We win together and we lose together," tweeted Bellingham.

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"So proud to have teammates with such top character. Takes huge bollocks just to volunteer. As for the racism, hurtful but not surprising.

"Will never get bored of saying that more needs to be done. Educate and control the platforms!"

In a statement, Twitter said: “The abhorrent racist abuse last night has absolutely no place on Twitter.

“In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules - the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology.

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“We will continue to take action when we identify any Tweets or accounts that violate our policies.

“We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our partners across the football community to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively and will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour - both online and offline.”

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