Bukayo Saka suffered racist abuse after England lost to Italy in the 2020 Euro Cup final.© AFP
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said Bukayo Saka’s “strong nature” will help him ignore the racist abuses suffered in England after the last defeat at Euro 2020. Saka suffered racist fraud on social media on Sunday after losing a penalty that punished Italy’s 3-2 win over England in the Wembley final on Sunday. Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho also received abusive messages after the penalties were not changed. But Arteta has spoken to Saka since the abuse and is confident the 19-year-old will not be affected.
“Yeah, I have. We all, I think, talk to him, send messages,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“He’ll be fine. He’s a very strong character.
“He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal, but also with the national team and all the English fans, because he doesn’t deserve anything like the one he has experienced.”
The racist abuse received by English players has been widely condemned.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with social media companies on Tuesday in Downing Street to improve methods to eliminate the problem.
Johnson said the government will change football by banning orders to cover online racism.
Arteta, after Arsenal’s friendly defeat at pre-season Hibernian, called for tougher laws on Internet abuse.
“Fortunately, we can now use this to make a strong statement and hide the racial abuse that people use on social media and people who use it on social media and stop racial abuse that people use on social media,” Arteta said.
“Hopefully the laws will be stronger. I think we’re all going to try to make a strong case and hopefully it can have a big impact, because I think it’s time to rectify that.”
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