Lewis Hamilton has denounced the online trolls who abused French national team players in a sickeningly racist manner following the World Cup final.
On Sunday, Argentina defeated France in the World Cup final via penalties.
Argentina eventually took home the trophy after winning the penalty shootout 4-2, with the final score remaining 3-3 after extra time.
Aurelien Tchouameni, Randal Kolo Muani, and Kingsley Coman, among other French national team players, were subjected to terrible racist abuse from online trolls following the game.
Since then, Kolo Muani has fully disabled comments on his Instagram page, while Tchouameni has restricted the comment section.
The star of Formula One, Hamilton, has strongly criticized the racial trolls on social media.
He stated in a story post on Instagram: “Disgusted but not surprised. @Aurelientchm and @R_kolomuani gave it everything.”
“They’re heroes to so many and deserve nothing but respect.”
Following England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy last summer, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were subjected to horrifying racist taunts, according to Hamilton.
In a July 2017 Instagram post, he stated: “We saw the racial abuse online of the football players, which was devastating to see.”
“It shows that the nation still has a long, long way to go. In my personal opinion it stems from education.”
“We also need more support from social media platforms. We had that blackout earlier in the year but it is not enough.”
“We need to stop that abuse that happens online. And this commission highlights one of the areas we can improve and I hope it starts a ripple effect of more change going forwards.”
He also added: “This sort of ignorance has to be stopped. Tolerance and respect for players of colour should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.”
“Please call out those you see posting hatred online. Challenge them to see the humanity in everyone regardless of their colour.”
“Super proud of how far the England team were able to go. Super proud of Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and the entire team.”
Why Was France Players Abused Racially?
Following France’s World Cup final loss to Argentina, three of the players faced racial abuse on social media.
According to The Athletic, Aurelien Tchouameni, Kingsley Coman, and Randal Kolo Muani, who all played in Sunday’s championship game, received hateful remarks on their social media profiles.
Kolo Muani missed a chance to win the game in overtime, and Tchouameni and Coman both missed penalties in the shootout.
Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp are all owned by Meta, which denounced the abusive posts and announced that the communications had been deleted.
British racing driver Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng (born 7 January 1985) competes in Formula One for Mercedes.
With Michael Schumacher, Hamilton has a record-tying seven World Drivers’ Championship victories in Formula One. He also owns the records for the most victories (103), pole positions (103), podium finishes (191), and other statistics.
In 1998, Hamilton, who was up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, enrolled in the McLaren Young Driver Program. Hamilton became the first and so far only black driver to compete in the Formula One championship as a result of a Formula One drive with McLaren from 2007 to 2012.
Hamilton accomplished a great deal in his first season, coming in one point behind Kimi Räikkönen to take second place.
He overtook another driver on the final lap of the season’s final race the next season to win his first title and become the then-youngest Formula One World Champion in history.
Hamilton signed a contract with Mercedes in 2013 following six years with McLaren.