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Team England looks on during the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday condemned the racist online abuse directed at three Black players after England's European Championship final loss, saying at a briefing that those responsible should "crawl back under the rock from which you emerged."

Catch up quick: Italy defeated England in a dramatic 3-2 penalty shootout Sunday night, but the three Black players who missed penalty kicks were subjected to racist attacks on social media after the game.

What they're saying: "Shame on you and I hope you’ll crawl back under the rock from which you emerged," Johnson said of those taking aim at the players, adding that the team played like "heroes."

  • England manager Gareth Southgate said the abuse directed at the three players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka was "unforgivable," the BBC reports.
  • Labour Party leader Keir Starmer called the abuse "absolutely appalling," but said Johnson had "failed the test of leadership" by declining to condemn fans who booed players for taking a knee before games.
  • "The prime minister failed to call that out and the actions and inactions of leaders have consequences, so I'm afraid the prime minister's words today ring hollow," Starmer said.

State of play: Twitter and Facebook responded Monday to criticism that they failed to act against the racist posts, with both telling CNBC they moved swiftly to take down abuse aimed at the three Black players on Twitter and Instagram.

  • "No one should have to experience racist abuse anywhere, and we don’t want it on Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.
  • “We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules," the spokesperson added.
  • A Twitter spokesperson condemned the "abhorrent racist abuse directed at England players" and told CNBC the company had deleted "over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules" in response.

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Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols. Photo: Saul Loeb/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Four American gymnasts asked Congress to dissolve the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors on Wednesday over its handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols allege in a letter to Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that the USOPC learned of the Nassar abuse reports in 2015, around the same time as USA Gymnastics, but "took no investigative action," according to WSJ.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.