Portsmouth launch disciplinary process after U18 stars investigated over racism

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Portsmouth have finished their investigation after it was alleged members of their U18 squad were racist in the aftermath of England's Euro 2020 final defeat.

The heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat at Wembley prompted horrific abuse towards members of Gareth Southgate's side.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed to convert from the spot and were bombarded with a barrage of abuse on their social media channels.

Portsmouth were forced to take actions after a screenshot from a Snapchat group chat, claiming to be involving academy players, appeared on social media.

The South Coast club have now revealed they have finished their investigation and will begin a disciplinary process.

"Portsmouth Football Club have concluded an investigation into discriminatory messages that originated from an Academy U18 private group chat," their statement read.

"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.

"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.

"The club will not be commenting further until the disciplinary process is complete."

One individual in the alleged chat calls for Rashford to be 'lynched' before saying their houses would be getting 'bombed'.

Another member of the chat proceeds to use the word 'n*****' repeatedly, also writing that "all black ones missed."

Monkey emojis and other offensive images were also used in the conversation.

Last week, the club confirmed they would look into the matter.

"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 read.

"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."

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