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Jason Sudeikis supports England’s racially abused soccer players at Ted Lasso premiere

Jason Sudeikis supports England’s racially abused soccer players at Ted Lasso premiere

Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet

Actor Jason Sudeikis is becoming more like his inspirational character Ted Lasso, as he proved at the premiere of Season 2 in Los Angeles.

He walked the blue carpet wearing clothing in support of a group of young black English soccer players who have been the victims of racial abuse online. His black sweater read in white letters: “Jadon & Marcus & Bakayo.”

Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Actor Jason Sudeikis attends Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere event red carpet at the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood, California, July 15, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

The rest of the Emmy-nominated cast joined him for the launch of Ted Lasso Season 2 ahead of its release on Apple TV+ next week.

The names on Jason’s shirt, “Jadon & Marcus & Bakayo,” refer to three players in the England men’s national soccer team: 21-year-old Jadon Sancho, 23-year-old Marcus Rashford and 19-year-old Bakayo Saka.

Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Actress Hannah Waddingham (L) and Actor Jason Sudeikis attend Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere event red carpet at the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood, California, July 15, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Recently England reached the final of the European Championships where they faced Italy. The game finished 1-1 and went to penalty kicks to decide the winner. Unfortunately Rashford, Sancho and Saka missed their penalty shots, meaning Italy won.

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Afterward, all three players received a torrent of racist abuse online on social media. UK police have so far arrested five people in connection with the posts.

Jason Sudeikis at the Ted Lasso premiere

More photos from the Ted Lasso premiere and after-party

Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Acress Juno Temple attends Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere event red carpet at the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood, California, July 15, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - After Party
(L-R) Cristo Fernandez, Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham pose at the after party for Apple’s “Ted Lasso” Season 2 at Cecconi’s on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - After Party
Jason Sudeikis (L) and Bill Lawrence pose at the after party for Apple’s “Ted Lasso” Season 2 at Cecconi’s on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
(L-R) Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, and Juno Temple attend Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere at Pacific Design Center on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Jason Sudeikis attends Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere at Pacific Design Center on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Actor Jason Sudeikis attends Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere event red carpet at the Pacific Design Center, in West Hollywood, California, July 15, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Apple's "Ted Lasso" Season 2 Premiere - Red Carpet
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jason Sudeikis attend Apple’s “Ted Lasso” season two premiere at Pacific Design Center on July 15, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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