Premier League: The type of support needed in the fight against racism

Jason Sudeikis attends Apple's "Ted Lasso" season two premiere (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jason Sudeikis attends Apple's "Ted Lasso" season two premiere (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

Jason Sudeikis, at the “Ted Lasso” premiere, made a loud and proud statement in the fight against racism – and more of the same is needed from celebrities worldwide.

The wounds of England’s Euro 2020 grand final loss are far from healed and will leave a scare branded on the game we love so much for a long time to come.

Following missed penalties by the three brave young men; Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, some fans of football showed their true colours.

All three players were abused heavily on social media, with any platform yet to come out and make a move, showing support, or a lack thereof, for the racially abused black footballers.

These penalties ultimately were the demise of an amazing run by the history-making England side, who were guided by the doubted Gareth Southgate. The aftermath of the loss was not a true reflection of what the Three Lions accomplished in their cup run.

Jason Sudeikis, in support of the English trio, wore their names proudly!

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It was not only the manner in which Jason Sudeikis showed up to the premiere but also the deep message he had to send the world. He was draped in a black sweater with all of the players’ first names printed on the front of his T.

It read;  “Jadon & Marcus & Bukayo” on the front.

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Jason Sudeikis made a statement on his stance and why he had each player’s first name:

"Well, Jadon, Marcus and Bukayo are three of the English footballers from their national team. Yeah, they’re the last young fellas that took the penalty kicks.They didn’t turn out the way that certainly England would have hoped, certainly a lot of us here in the States would have, too, and people worldwide.And they caught a lot of guff online, the three young Black men. And our show is rooted in both, you know, despising things like bullying and racism or whatnot, but it also is rooted and takes place in London, in England. And so yeah, it was just our way to use this big fancy premiere to spotlight them and let them know we got their back."

Added in his strong statement; he let us know he used the first names of the players in order to humanise them as men and let them be seen as somebody’s kids, siblings, friends, etc.

"It was just a way to humanize and personify those three fellas. Their surnames are on the back of their kits, you know, their uniform, so that’s why I used the first names, the names their parents gave them because they’re kids, they’re young men and they should have the opportunity to succeed and fail and tie like everyone. (Via:"

More of the same from those who have the millions of following, worldwide. A small act of heroics can have a global effect and must be practice more often and regularly, as the fight against racism continues for far too long.

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Thankfully, there has been plenty of positive vibes going around on social media, despite the healing process being far from over. Team-mates, opposition players and more, have shown plenty of support to the three young men – especially Saka – who is the youngsters of all in the discussion.