Jason Sudeikis shows support for racially abused English soccer players
Written by laserteam on July 16, 2021
(NBC News) – “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis showed solidarity with three English soccer players who have been targeted by racist abuse on social media, arriving at a premiere event Thursday in a black sweatshirt bearing their first names.
The three players — Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho — were hit by a wave of racist harassment after they missed their penalty kicks for England in the Euro 2020 soccer final on Sunday. The flood of offensive comments drew international attention.
Sudeikis, posing for photos Thursday at an event celebrating the upcoming second season of “Ted Lasso,” wore a sweatshirt that said “Saka & Sancho & Rashford” in bold white lettering.
“It’s just in support of the three fellas from the English team in the Euro final. They’ve caught a lot of unnecessary guff from unnecessary people,” Sudeikis told the Associated Press. “I’m just giving them a holler, letting them know that even over here in the States we have our own issues with what they’re going through and let them know that they’re not alone.”
Roger Bennett, co-host of the NBC show and podcast “Men in Blazers,” expressed his admiration for Sudeikis in a tweet.
“Huge love for Jason Sudeikis’s sweatshirt at tonight’s Ted Lasso Season 2 Premier,” Bennett tweeted. “Shows that like his character, he truly understands that football in his heart, is all about human goodness.”
Saka, Rashford and Sancho have received an outpouring of support from fellow players, sports fans and English schoolchildren in recent days. In the city of Manchester, a mural of Rashford was defaced but then quickly covered in paper hearts and affectionate letters to the player.