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    Portsmouth begin disciplinary process over discriminatory messages

    League One one 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 finals of Euro2020.

    The club, in conjunction with the Football Association, had begun an investigation into the messages back on 14 July when allegations began to surface regarding a number of the U18’s squad that took to the social media platform 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 known players who were the target of racist commentary in a private group chat that had been 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 given the results of the now-concluded investigation that was undertaken. All other players (who were originally suspended while the investigation took place) found to not have taken part in similar actions have returned to their normal schedules.

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

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