BORIS Johnson has hit out at racists who attacked England players after their Euro 2020 defeat.
The PM has joined the FA and Met Police in slamming vile trolls for their abuse after the Lions were beaten on penalties by Italy at Wembley.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed from the spot as Gareth Southgate’s men fell agonisingly short of Euros glory.
And the trio were all targeted on social media after their penalty misses.
Sick morons left vile messages and sent monkey emojis to the young players.
Mr Johnson said this morning:
“This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
The Met Police has vowed to launch a probe into the repellent trolling.
The force said: “We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the Euro 2020 final.
“This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.”
And on Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid said: “They think they can say what they want online.
“Frankly, it’s disgusting, and the full force of the law should be brought down on your heads.”
Her co-host Richard Madeley said: “It’s time we prosecute these people, it’s time we saw them named and shamed, standing in a dock in a British court and hopefully sent to jail.”
Health Minister Edward Argar told Sky News: “It was a hugely disappointing result, but what wasn’t disappointing was the phenomenal performance our national team has put up throughout this tournament, and they are all heroes.”
And he said he backs a police probe into the attacks, adding: “What really is disappointing is the appalling online racist abuse that we’ve seen members of that team suffer.
“There’s no place for that in sport, there’s no place for that in our country.”
And Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “I’m disgusted that England players who have given so much for our country this summer have been subject to vile racist abuse on social media.
“It has no place in our country and I back the police to hold those responsible accountable.”
Last night, the FA released a statement addressing the ‘disgusting’ abuse their players suffered.
An FA spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team.
“We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.
“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”
England players have been taking a knee before their Euros games in a stand against racism.
The gesture just before kick-off has been used ever since George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota last year.
Players and clubs also boycotted social media for a weekend in May in an attempt to force giants like Facebook and Twitter to take sterner action.
The FA pleaded with fans not to boo the players when making the stand against racism and inequality.
The stance was jeered by a minority of fans in both of England’s Euro 2020 warm-up games at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium – the first occasions the knee had been taken with supporters in attendance.
But an FA statement just before the Euros began read: “Major tournaments don’t come around often and when they do, it’s an opportunity to unite friends, families and the country.
“This gesture of unity and fighting against inequality can be traced back as far as the 18th century.
“It is not new, and English football has made it very clear that it does not view this as being aligned to a political organisation or ideology.