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Diddy supports England team after Euro 2020 racism scandal

Sean John Combs also known by his stage name Diddy performs onstage during Shaq's Fun House at Mana Wynwood Convention Center on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida

Diddy set a powerful message to the England team players and their racist abusers (Picture: Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

The Euro 2020 racism scandal has gained attention internationally, with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs slamming those who racially abused England players after they lost the final to Italy during a tense penalty shoot-out.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted on their social media accounts after they missed their penalty kicks on Sunday, but the rapper and producer hailed the trio as inspirational as he took aim at their racist haters.

Alongside a tagged photo of the players with Raheem Sterling, American music icon Diddy wrote on Instagram: ‘We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love.

‘And to the racists… F*** YOU!’

Diddy’s post was praised by other celebrities, including model icon Naomi Campbell, who left a string of heart emojis in the comments alongside the folded hands emoji as a thank you, and former England captain David Beckham.

The retired footballer, who captained the national team from 2000 to 2006, commented: ‘Proud of our boys @diddy inspiration to our country and to all the young kids they continue to inspire.’

Lena Headey shared her support for the players too, writing: ‘Kings be kings be kings. Beautifully played. Thank you @marcusrashford @sanchooo10 @bukayosaka87 @sterling7 @england’, alongside an illustration of the four players.

Posting the same black and white image as Diddy, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock publicly supported the players as well, while criticising ‘the Black British Experience’.

‘You can live here but be quiet. You can work here but not all of you. You can speak at the table but not too loud. You can play for us but you can’t lose.

‘Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Black British Experience. @marcusrashford @bukayosaka87 @sanchooo10 I stand with you 🖤,’ the star penned.

Sean Combs at Vanity event, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA - 01 Jul 2017

Diddy sent love to the team (Picture: Mediapunch/Rex)
Leigh-Anne fronted her own documentary in May, exploring racism in the music industry (Picture: BBC/Dragonfly/Richard Ansett)

The Little Mix member, who is pregnant with her first child, presented Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop, Power on the BBC in May, with the aim of examining and overcoming racism in the music industry.

Prince William also took to Twitter on Monday morning to condemn the ‘abhorrent behaviour’ of those who had bombarded the footballers, saying the abuse left him ‘sickened’.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the FA, tweeted: ‘I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.

‘It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

‘It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.’

England manager Gareth Southgate praised his team as ‘a beacon of light’ at Monday’s post-defeat press conference while blasting the racist abuse.

‘It’s just not what we stand for,’ he said.

‘We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody, and so that togetherness has to continue.

Marcus Rashford of England reacts after missing their team's third penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England

Marcus Rashford following his penalty miss (Picture: Frank Augstein – Pool/Getty Images via AP)

‘We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

‘Everybody has to remember when they support they team that they also represent England and should represent what we stand for.’

Celebs had been quick to praise England’s performance at Wembley just after the bitter defeat, with Adele and Liam Gallagher hoping to cheer up the team with their messages of support.

Others took issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s initial tweet about the racist abuse, with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid claiming he sounded ‘like a slightly disappointed parent’ and that it needed to be a bit more than “You should be ashamed of yourself”.’

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