Joe Wicks was so upset by racism after Euros that he couldn't exercise

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Joe Wicks, The Body Coach arriving at the UK premiere of Incredibles 2 at BFI Southbank in London.
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Joe Wicks was upset about the England team being trolled. (EMPICS)

Joe Wicks has said he was so upset by England’s football players being trolled after the Euro 2020 final that he couldn’t even exercise.

Footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all faced racist abuse online after they missed penalties during the tense game against Italy.

Fitness guru Wicks – who was at the final earlier this month - said that he was badly affected by both the trolling and the fact that people had been trying to break in to Wembley stadium during the football.

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Metro quoted him as saying: “I was trying to get in with my ticket and people were trying to push the fence down and throwing smoke grenades into the crowd. Police horses were running past and everyone was screaming; it felt like a riot.

“It was really scary and the tension, hostility and all the racist tweets afterwards affected me massively.”

File photo dated 29-06-2021 of England's Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, and Bukayo Saka. Issue date: Wednesday July 14th, 2021.
England's Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, and Bukayo Saka. (PA)

“I couldn’t bounce back,” added the star, 34. “I felt sad and disappointed and just didn’t want to exercise.”

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Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has been in the spotlight over the last 18 months after becoming PE teacher to all the children off school during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Joe Wicks arriving for the Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue Gala screening at Cineworld Leicester Square, central London.
Joe Wicks was affected by what happened at Wembley. (PA)

The father-of-two also raised more than a million for Children In Need with a gruelling 24-hour exercise marathon.

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