Bukayo Saka: England winger won’t allow negativity to break him after Euro 2020 final disappointment

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Bukayo Saka: England winger won’t allow negativity to break him after Euro 2020 final disappointment


Bukayo Saka says he expected to be targeted by racists on social media after his failed penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final, but insists negativity won’t “break” him.

The 19-year-old saw his shot on goal saved as Italy triumphed at Wembley on Sunday and then received sickening messages from team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Police arrested five people for racially abusing English players online after Sunday’s final and in a heartfelt post to his Twitter account Saka urged social media platforms to step up efforts to root out racial abuse.

He said: “I stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the past few weeks.

“This post won’t do justice to how grateful I am for all the love I have received, and I feel I have to thank everyone who has supported me.



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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke to Saka after England’s loss to Italy and said he was a strong character and will be fine

“It has been an honor to be part of an England team that sets an example, they are brothers for life and I am grateful for everything I have learned from each of the players and staff who have worked so hard.

“Helping this team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they gave up to help me get there, that meant everything to me.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry we weren’t able to bring it home for you this year, but I promise we will give everything we have to make sure this generation knows what it’s like to win.

“My post-match reaction said it all, I was in so much pain and felt like I was letting you down and my English family, but I can promise you that. I won’t let this moment go or the negativity I received this week breaking me down.



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Ealing Council chief Peter Mason explains why Saka was nominated for freedom from the Borough of West London

“For those who campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family good luck – I am very grateful. This is what football should be. Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds come together with shared joy on the roller coaster of football.

“On social media platforms Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, I don’t want a child or an adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that I Marcus and Jadon have received this week.

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

“There is no place for racism or hatred of any kind in football or any area of ​​society and for the majority of people who come together to challenge the people who send these messages, taking action and reporting these comments to the police and driving dispel hatred by being kind to each other, we will win.

“Love always wins. “

Hate will not win



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