With the 60th anniversary of the UEFA Euro 2020(2021) coming to an end this weekend, the world really came together to say no to cyberbullying and racism and celebrate with Champion Italy for the second time since 1968.
After a delay of a whole year due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 24 countries came together on the 11th of June 2021 in the hopes to be named Champions of Europe on the 11th of July 2021. The tournament ended on the 11th of July at Wembley Stadium (England, London), as Italy were named Euro Champions after defeating England 1-1 (3-2 in penalties).
The tournament was watched all over the world and it did not disappoint as there were 140 goals scored throughout the tournament. In addition, this was a first time that a tournament of this magnitude was hosted in more than two countries. It was hosted in 11 different venues all over Europe. Namely, Munich, Rome, London, and Amsterdam, just to name a few. This was in hopes to protect players and supporters from contracting the deadly virus (COVID-19).
However, the loss for England came with several backlash for a few players from angry supporters online, however England was able to band together not only as players but also as a country. With the rise of cyberbullying and racist comments posted on the accounts of three African-European players who missed the penalties during the final game on Sunday the world intervened. Political leaders, fellow players and even celebrities condemned this behavior by speaking out against the comments and actions of many. This also led to Instagram and Facebook taking down the posts, comments and videos encouraging such behavior online, in hopes to make it known to the world that they will not support or even encourage discrimination or racism online.
The next UEFA Euro Championship is scheduled for 2024 in Germany from 14th June- 14th July.