Portsmouth has launched disciplinary proceedings after concluding an investigation into allegations that some of the club’s U18 players used discriminatory language in a group conversation.
The League One club have opened an investigation after images emerged on social media of private chat messages following England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy earlier this month.
All team members were suspended while the investigation was ongoing and those not involved have now been allowed to resume training.
A statement posted on the club’s official website said: “Portsmouth Football Club has concluded an investigation into discriminatory messages from a private U18 Academy group chat.
“Disciplinary proceedings will now begin, which – in accordance with club policy and labor law – will last at least five working days.
“All members of the U18 squad have been suspended while the investigation unfolds, but those not involved in the disciplinary proceedings have now resumed training.
“With this in mind and with respect to this sensitive issue, Portsmouth FC would continue to respectfully call for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts intended for any of its employees and indeed any other external part.
“The club will not comment again until the disciplinary proceedings are completed.”
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed penalties in the shootout that saw Italy claim victory at Wembley and were subsequently subjected to racist abuse online.