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Portsmouth begin disciplinary process over discriminatory messages

Portsmouth begin disciplinary process over discriminatory messages

League One outfit Portsmouth have begun their internal disciplinary process against U18 players who sent discriminatory messages on social media in the wake of England’s defeat in the final of Euro2020.

The club, in conjunction with the Football Association, began an investigation into the messages back on 14 July, when allegations began to surface regarding a number of the U18’s squad taking to Snapchat to send racist and discriminatory messages to a select number of England players after their shootout loss to Italy.

“Portsmouth Football Club are aware of images circulating on social media that allegedly originate from an academy u18 group chat and which are discriminatory in nature.

“The club have launched an immediate investigation and will provide an update once this has been completed.

“Portsmouth Football Club strongly condemn racism and are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination. There is no place for it in our game or society as a whole.”

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho are the players known to have been the target of racist commentary in a private group chat that was leaked publicly on socials.

As reported on Sky Sports News earlier, the unnamed U18 players in question remain suspended and will not take part in training owing to the results of the now-concluded investigation. All other players (who were originally suspended while the investigation took place) found not to have taken part have returned to their normal schedules.

The club also stated that no further comment on proceedings would be provided until the matter is officially closed. It is worth noting that both the speed at which the club responded to the sensitive matter and their direct course of action against those who took part in the vile actions is commendable.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.