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Usain Bolt Slams "Unfair" Racist Abuse Directed at England's Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho

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Sancho, Rashford, and Saka were sent vile abuses on social media following England's Euro final loss
Sancho, Rashford, and Saka were sent vile abuses on social media following England's Euro final loss / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Usain Bolt has slammed the "horrible" and "unfair" racist abuse sent to Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho following England's Euro 2020 loss to Italy.

The trio missed their respective spot-kicks during the shootout at Wembley, allowing Italy to be crowned European champions, and were sent several vile racist messages on social media. And Olympic champion Bolt, lept to the defence of the youngsters while also claiming that he would not have handed them the responsibility of taking the decisive spot kicks.

"First of all that's horrible to know - for me it's very tough to see these things," he said. "As an African and a Black person, I can tell it must be rough on them and you can't blame these guys, they don't make the decision of who takes the penalties.

"I saw that they came on in the last minute. As a coach I would not have put somebody on at that point and give a tough kick to a 19-year-old, that is a lot of pressure. It's football, you win some, you lose some and it's tough for you to lose. I've gone through it with my team, but I won't curse anybody or try to put them down when it comes to race or anything.

"We are all going to be upset when you miss a penalty, but when it gets to race then, it's going to be a problem. It (racial abuse) was very unfair and I can't believe this is where football is headed, I've loved football through my entire career, I've followed all these players so it's tough to see something like that going on.

"You can be upset at a person for missing because we are human, but if you're going to bring race into it, then it has no place in football or just in general."

Manchester United star Rashford posted an emotional message on social media apologising for his penalty miss, but insisted he wouldn't apologise for who he is - in light of the racist comments sent his way after the game.

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