Arsenal winger, Bukayo Saka has spoken out for the first time since missing a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat, which had led to a lot of racist messages directed towards him.
The Arsenal player, who claimed that he knew instantly that he would be targeted by racist abuse was one of three penalty takers for the Three Lions that missed their spot-kick, along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
Both Rashford and Sancho, who shared their thoughts in recent days have also been the victims of racist abuse online in wake of his missed penalty.
‘I knew instantly the type of hate that I was about to receive. ‘that is a sad reality,” Saka wrote on Instagram
‘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.’
Reacting, England’s official account said Saka should be incredibly proud of the role he played in the incredible journey.
‘Sunday will not define you, there’s so much more to come. Keep your head held high.’
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