Portsmouth have launched an investigation into discriminatory messages exchanged between the players during the Euro 2020 final. The group mainly consists of the u18 players of the club. A number of screenshots from the group chat after England lost the final to Italy were shared on social media. The uproar has caused the league one club to investigate the screenshots further.
“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.” a statement from Portsmouth after the Euro 2020 final said. “The club has launched an immediate investigation and will provide an update once this has been completed. Portsmouth Football Club strongly condemns 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.”
The EFL as well as kick me out have been notified by Portsmouth with regard to the messages. As of now, they are conducting an internal investigation. The investigation is based on the single screenshot that was widely circulated on social media. The club maintained that they were not aware of any other abuse on the chat. In another incident, a 37 year old man was arrested after he was found guilty of racially abusing the players on social media.
“The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was a hugely unifying event for our country on Sunday evening.” Detective Inspector Matt Gregory said. “We are firm in our commitment, any racist abuse whether online or off is not acceptable. We now have one man in custody and our investigation continues.”