Naga Munchetty, 46, shared her anger with her Radio 5 Live listeners on Monday morning, after England’s Euro 2020 loss sparked violence and outrage among fans. Videos began to emerge of thugs attacking fans while others spouted horrendous abuse online towards the players, including racist remarks to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka, who missed penalties in Sunday night’s 3-2 shoot-out. Raheem Sterling was also a target.
Millions have shared their disgust over the racist remarks, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson blasting the despicable behaviour and telling those who have partaken in the torrid of abuse to “crawl back under the rock from which you emerged”.
A mural of Rashford, which was commissioned in recognition of his work to tackle child food poverty, was also vandalised with graffiti following England’s defeat to Italy.
The artwork in Withington, Manchester, was defaced shortly after the match had finished, with several swear words and the word “Saka” scribbled across part of his face.
“For some of [the players] to be abused is unforgivable really,” he said.
“I know a lot has come from abroad. People who track those things have been able to explain that. But not all of it.”
He added: “It’s just not what we stand for.”
“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue,” he continued.
“We heal together as a team now, and we’re there for them, and I know that 99% of the public will be as well.”