Bukayo Saka 'knew instantly of hate' he would receive after England defeat


Bukayo Saka saw his penalty in the shootout saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

England’s Bukayo Saka said he “knew instantly the kind of hate” he was going to receive after his penalty was saved in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

Saka’s miss – along with earlier misses by Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho – saw Italy beat England in a penalty shootout to win the tournament.

All three players received racist abuse on social media after the game.

“I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me,” he added in a Twitter post.

The 19-year-old Arsenal player directed his comments about the way he was treated online at social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages,” he said.

“I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me Marcus and Jadon have received this week.

“There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society.

“And, to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win.”

Five people have been arrested after Saka and his team-mates were racially abused online.

England manager Gareth Southgate said the racist abuse was “unforgivable”, while captain Harry Kane told those who sent it, “you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to ban people guilty of sending racist abuse to footballers from attending matches.

Saka said he is thankful to those people who have “campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well”.

Like Rashford and Sancho before him, Saka apologised for his penalty miss but said he and his team-mates will work hard “to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win”.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty,” he said.

“I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year.”

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