A global audience watched the Euros. A global audience watched England lose a penalty shoot-out in the final against Italy on Sunday evening.
Yesterday, a global audience heard or read on social media about the hideous racist comments posted online targeting the three young men who missed their penalties for England.
Three young men who helped take England into her first final of an international competition for 55 years. Part of an England team who inspired a nation worn down by the pandemic and months of restrictions.
England won matches as a team and England lost a match as a team.
Let’s be clear. The people who posted those foul and hideous comments are racists and should be called such.
They are not fans.
They don’t speak for me.
They’re not my tribe.
Certain situations can bring out the worst in us. Idiots with access to social media can cause a huge amount of damage and hurt almost instantaneously.
But the kindness is still there. Just look at Gareth comforting Buyako Saka.
We all have the potential to be just a little nicer to each other.
And that’s what I need to remember.