7 News has been slammed on social media after a Facebook post of the website’s story slamming racism directed at England players following the Euro 2020 final was branded racist itself.
The Euro 2020 final went right down to the wire with the match — and the competition — decided in a penalty shootout.
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But English stars Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, each who missed their penalty shots, were targeted by a torrent of disgusting threats and abuse online in the wild 3-2 result.
The trio had vile comments left on Instagram and were sent monkey emojis, prompting a strong response from the Football Association.
Rashford and Sancho were left particularly exposed when they were subbed on in the final minutes of extra time by manager Gareth Southgate — specifically so they could be used in the penalty shootout.
The gamble backfired for Southgate with both players missing from the spot and when 19-year-old Saka had his shot saved, it was game over for England.
The FA said it was “appalled” and “disgusted” by the online abuse.
“We’re disgusted that some of our squad — who have given everything for the shirt this summer — have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game,” the England FA tweeted.
“We stand with our players.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said it was investigating the “offensive and racist” posts.
Bukayo Saka consoled by teammate Harry Kane.Source:Getty Images
But a now deleted post on the 7 News Australia Facebook page covering the news saw Channel 7 trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.
The post read “Three Black players failed in the penalty shootout which England lost 3-2 against Italy”.
In images shared to social media, the post was edited over an hour after it was shared, while it was eventually deleted hours later, with screenshots circulating across social media.
7 News responded to the furore, saying the post included a “regrettable” error in a post on its website.
“Earlier on Monday, a 7NEWS.com.au social media post was published with a regrettable mistake,” the statement read.
“The post linked to an article condemning the racial abuse of England football players following the team’s loss to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
“The caption on the post was swiftly rectified as soon as it was identified.
“We sincerely apologise for the offence the post caused.”
The post was slammed, with ABC comedian Charlie Pickering writing: “Hey
@7NewsAustralia — what the f*** is with this headline? Have you lost your actual mind? And how has the person who wrote it been counselled?”
With racism a rising social scourge in Australia, on online platforms & athletes subject to vile abuse after #Euro2020Final + here in Australia, to see this from a major network in Australia is beyond disgusting. Reprehensible. There needs to be a public apology @7NewsAustraliapic.twitter.com/KXluoT6ZBb
Would love to see the person who wrote this try to kick a penalty…
Is there any surprise, that in an all white Australian newsroom- in this febrile climate – this vile headline can be posted on Twitter, then quietly deleted, after a surge of complaints, without an apology or any accountability?
This is not about individuals- racism is systemic. pic.twitter.com/z2ZmvGm2EO
Imagine how channel 7 would have reacted if Ash Barty had not won. The poor people in wheelchairs if Dylan Alcott had failed would also have been slandered
Wow. @Channel7 is this real, and if so, W👏T👏A👏F👏 #racism#media#England#Euros2021#auspolhttps://t.co/nbYcXYMYaO
I mean, they did put a capital B for ‘Black’ – that’s actually huge leap forward for Channel 7. https://t.co/ljq3pW1MZM
British Labour frontbencher David Lammy highlighted the post as an example of why England players took the knee before each game in the tournament.
“Praying for a better future – worthy of the values, beauty and respect exemplified by every single England player,” he wrote.
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