Editorials
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13 Jul 2021
5:31 am

There is no place for racism in sport

Editorials

England have never won the continental competition, carrying the baggage of past failures at major tournaments – many from the penalty spot in the knockout stages.

England's forward Jadon Sancho (C) is consoled by his teammates after missing a penalty during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between Italy and England at the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP)

Sunday’s Euro 2020 final was something special. After a month of football across 11 different countries during a pandemic, it was a worthy finale to the tournament, with Italy squeaking past England 3-2 following a penalty shootout at Wembley, after the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after extra-time. England have never won the continental competition, carrying the baggage of past failures at major tournaments – many from the penalty spot in the knockout stages. However, they entered the final having conceded just one goal with vocal home support, a mantra of “it’s coming home”, and a new-found self-belief that they...