Fifa research of Euros & Afcon finds half of all gamers abused on-line; Saka & Rashford most focused

Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford

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Bukayo Saka (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) were racially abused on social media after missing penalties in the final of the Euro 2020

World governing body Fifa has teamed up with players’ union Fifpro to try to identify people who target players with abusive social media posts.

A report tracked 400,000 social media posts during the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 and this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The study found that over 50% of players received some kind of abuse.

The report found that black players who missed penalties were the most abused players in the Euro 2020 final.

BBC Sport understands that England’s Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, who both missed their spot-kicks in the shootout defeat by Italy, were the players who suffered the most abuse during the Euro 2020 final.

“Our duty is to protect football, and that starts with the players who bring so much joy and happiness to all of us by their exploits on the field of play,” said Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

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