Portsmouth have launched disciplinary proceedings after completing an investigation on messages sent by the club’s U18 players after euro 2020. screenshots of a number of players sending discriminatory messages were circulated on social media after the Euro 2020 final. all the members of the group were suspended with immediate effect until the investigation was complete.
“Portsmouth Football Club have concluded an investigation into discriminatory messages that originated from an Academy U18 private group chat.” a Portsmouth club statement read after discriminatory remarks were circulated after the Euro 2020 final. “A disciplinary process will now begin, which – in line with club policy and employment law – will last for a minimum of five working days. All members of the U18 side were suspended while the investigation took place, but those who are not involved in the disciplinary process have now returned to training.”
“The club will not be commenting further until the disciplinary process is complete.” the statement added. “With that in mind and in regards to this sensitive matter, Portsmouth FC would continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of its employees and, indeed, any other external parties.”
Screenshots of the group chat were posted on social media hours after the Euro 2020 final. England lost to Italy via a penalty shootout after it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed from the penalty spot at Wembley.