Downing Street condemns racist abuse of England footballers in Montenegro

Downing Street has urged European football’s governing body to take “strong and swift action” after England stars were racially abused during their victory over Montenegro.

England’s 5-1 win in Podgorica was marred by vile abuse, with Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi subjected to monkey chants.

Raheem Sterling celebrated the fifth goal by pulling his ears as a sign of defiance to what he later called on social media “racists”.

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Uefa has launched an investigation and Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman called for a swift response.

“The abuse England players were subjected to last night was disgusting and completely unacceptable,” the spokesman said.

“It is right that Uefa are now investigating, we urge them to do this quickly and to take strong and swift action”.