At the Ted Lasso premiere, Jason Sudeikis wore a black sweatshirt with the names of the black soccer players who have been receiving abuse online after the England team was defeated by Italy in Euro 2020 last weekend.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho missed penalty shots in a 3-2 shootout in the game on Sunday and as a result of that have been in the middle of hate and racist abuse online. Racism isn't new to the England national team's fanbase however. The team have previously knelt before each of their games to show their solidarity as a team and that they are fighting for equality. This was unfavored by some fans of the team, as they would boo when the players were kneeling.
Ted Lasso is an American football coach who gets hired to coach a professional English soccer team with no experience. In a trailer for season two, it shows Lasso's team getting eight tie games, so clearly the team isn't doing too hot. They decide to bring in a sports psychologist, which will be a new character played by Sarah Niles.
More celebs took to social media to show their support for the players,
British actor Tom Holland, showed his support in an Instagram post with a powerful caption.
Idris Elba posted a photo of Bukayo Saka without a caption. The image seems to be intended to show that he stands with the players being racially targeted.
I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. It is totally unacceptable t… https://t.co/cy72gi0eML— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) 1626081469.0
Prince WIlliam is president of England's Football Association; he posted a tweet to show that he will not tolerate any abuse of any form.
Little Mix, a British girl band, spoke out in an Instagram post saying they stand with the players.
To our boys, you have absolutely smashed it, you brought everyone together in unity, and your athleticism was unrea… https://t.co/lLXAQbcSnQ— Ellie Goulding (@Ellie Goulding) 1626184877.0
Pop singer Ellie Goulding posted on Twitter to respond to the hate the men have been receiving, and show that she is proud of them.
Make sure to tune into the premiere of season two of Ted Lasso on Apple TV Plus July 23rd.
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