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Gareth Southgate: Euro final racist abuse adds ‘extra layer’ to penalties

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Gareth Southgate: Euro

England boss Gareth Southgate believes that the racist abuse his players were subjected to in the Euro final adds an extra layer to penalties. He believes that the final adds a certain complexity while selecting the penalty takers. England enjoyed an excellent tournament and narrowly missed out on the title when Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed on the day.

“I have to say it never crossed my mind before. It will (do now). When I left The Grove (hotel) that day I couldn’t help but feel: ‘Have I created this situation here for the boys?’,” Gareth Southgate said about the impact of the Euro final. “But it wouldn’t be right to not pick the players you think are best to take them because of what the possible consequences of them missing would be. I’ve got to pick them on the belief they are going to score.”

“We’re goosed then. We’ve got 55 years of talking about penalties and everything else. So we’ve now got another layer that’s going to make it extremely difficult for us to win anything,” he added. “We’re two countries with huge numbers of mixed heritage and nationals and I think it’s an important sign for everybody. So we welcome that.  They were supportive of the LGBTQ community as well when they played in Hungary last year, I think they were the first team to do that with the captain wearing the [rainbow] armband and we’re united in our beliefs on those things.”

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