Jason Sudeikis showed his support for England's Euros 2020 team's black players at Ted Lasso's season 2 premiere for the show held in Hollywood on Thursday night.
Statement: Jason Sudeikis showed his support for the England soccer team's black players who suffered online abuse after the Euros 2020 final at the Ted Lasso season 2 premiere in Hollywood on ThursdayInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In Ted Lasso, Sudeikis plays a small-time American football coach who's hired to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no experience of the game.
Last Sunday, England reached their first international championship final since the 1966 World Cup final against Germany, which they won.
However, despite an early goal just two minutes into the match at London's Wembley stadium, England lost the Euros 2020 title to Italy on penalties after drawing one all after extra time.
Rashford, Sancho and Saka all missed their penalties and after the match, trolls posted vile abuse about them on social media in a shocking display of racism.
Disgusting: Players Marcus Rashford, Jaden Sancho and Bukayo Saka (pictured with teammate Raheem Sterling, third from left) all missed penalties in the final's climax and were subsequently targeted with vile racist abuse on social media
On their side: The American actor wore a black t-shirt emblazoned with the names of the racially-abused stars Sancho, Rashford and Saka to make his point
In the spotlight: The event also marked the star's first public appearance since speaking about his breakup with longtime love Olivia Wilde with whom he shares two young childrenInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson summoned tech giants to Downing Street on Tuesday and ordered them to 'up their game' over the racist trolling of England football stars.
The Prime Minister gave the bosses of leading social media firms a dressing down, telling them they must take urgent action before the introduction of laws that could land them with huge fines.
The foul abuse is often sent by cyber bullies hiding behind anonymous accounts.
Mr Johnson was expected to tell the companies – which included Twitter, Facebook and TikTok – they must hand over the details of those found to have posted racist comments so the authorities can make an example of them.
Cruel: It comes after the three England players to miss penalties in Sunday's Euro 2020 final were spammed with hideous racist abuse online (Marcus Rashford pictured)
It comes as police continue to seek the trolls responsible for vile insults aimed at the three players.
Rashford, Sancho and Saka's social media accounts were flooded with racist messages following England's defeat to Italy.
In response, Marcus penned a letter which he shared online saying he 'had a difficult season' but 'will never apologise for who I am or where I came from'.
Underneath he attached letters sent to him by children as he was told by an 11-year-old boy to be 'proud'.
Taking action: Boris Johnson recently summoned tech giants to Downing Street on Tuesday and ordered them to 'up their game' over the racist trolling of England football stars
The letter, from a boy named Alfie, added: 'You may have missed your penalty but you had a brilliant tournament. I admire you and so should the rest of the world.'
Marcus said he was left 'close to tears' after well-wishers covered graffiti sprayed on his Manchester mural with loving notes.
He penned an emotional open letter to England fans apologising for his penalty shoot-out miss.
The striker also paid tribute to his supportive teammates and vowed to 'come back stronger' after yesterday's heartbreaking finale to Euro 2020.
Candid: After the final, Marcus penned a letter which he shared online saying he 'had a difficult season' but 'will never apologise for who I am or where I came from'
But the star reserved a special thank you for those who had stepped in to restore his mural on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in his home town of Withington.
The painted image was defaced, in what is being investigated by police as a possible 'hate crime', with derogatory comments about Marcus and included the words 'sh**e' and 'b*****d'. Further graffiti said 'f**k Sancho' - a reference to his Three Lions teammate.
However, Marcus' fans quickly rushed to the site to hide the abusive messages, before placing hearts over the covering.
Speaking about their support in an open letter posted on his Twitter account, the star said: 'The messages I have received have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.
Mural: Marcus reserved a special thank you for those who had stepped in to restore his mural on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in his home town of Withington after it was defaced by vandals
'The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I'm a 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else, I have that.'
Earlier in the open letter he apologised for his penalty miss against Italy, saying 'I felt as though I'd let everyone down'.
'It's been playing over in my head over and over since and there's probably not a word to quite describe how it feels,' he said. 'Final. 55-years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.'
The striker also praised his teammates, saying it was the 'best camp I've experienced' and adding that an 'unbreakable brotherhood' had been formed.
Emotional: Marcus said he was 'close to tears' after well-wishers covered graffiti sprayed on his Manchester mural with notes of support in the wake of his Euro 2020 penalty heartache
He also tackled the abuse he had faced, saying he would 'never apologise' for being himself, before ending on a positive note by vowing to bounce back from the heartache, saying: 'For all the kind messages, thank you. I'll be back stronger. We'll be back stronger.'
Greater Manchester Police called the defacing of the Rashford mural a 'racially aggravated' act of vandalism.
In a statement, GMP slammed the 'racially aggravated' and 'disgraceful' damage, adding: 'Hate crime in any form is completely unacceptable and not welcome here in our city.' The force was alerted at around 2.50am this morning. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.
Moving: A local resident puts love hearts and slogans on the plastic that covers offensive graffiti on the vandalised mural of Marcus
Chief Superintendent Paul Savill said: 'This is disgraceful behaviour and will absolutely not be tolerated. Greater Manchester prides itself on being made up from a number of diverse communities, and hate crime in any form is completely unacceptable