The English club Arsenal on Monday condemned the racial abuse suffered by 19-year-old Bukayo Saka when he lost his penalty in the final of the 2020 European Championship in Italy. Italy ended England’s dream on Sunday (local time) at Wembley Stadium with a dream of winning the 2020 European Championship. Azzurri beat England 3-2 on penalties in the 90th minute of normal action and ended in a 1-1 draw in extra time. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed a chance to score on penalties. The English players were abused on social media.
“Last night, we saw Bukayo Saka in the Euro 2020 final at the age of 19. Bukayo has been with us since he was seven and the whole club could not have been more proud to see him represent England throughout the tournament. You felt the whole club,” Arsenal said in an official statement.
“Last night we witnessed the leadership and character we have always known and loved in Bukayo. However, that feeling of pride quickly turned to Sorrowga for the racist comments our young player suffered on social media platforms after the last whistle,” he added.
“Once again, we are sad to say that we condemn the racism of some black players. This cannot continue and social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse that our players suffer on a daily basis. Now,” he added.
Further in the statement, Gunners said: “We have Arsenal processes in place to ensure that our players are emotionally and practically supported on this issue, but unfortunately there is only one thing we can do.”
“The message sent to Bukayo is this: keep your head up, we are very proud of you and we can’t wait to welcome Arsenal back home,” the statement concluded.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the “horrific” racial abuse of players on social media after the Three Lions ’loss to Italy in the Euro Cup final.
The British Prime Minister managed to “praise” the English players for being heroes and should not be “abused against the race” on social media.
“This group in England deserves to be praised as a hero, not to suffer racial abuse on social media. Those responsible for this horrific abuse should be ashamed of themselves,” Boris Johnson posted.
The England Football Association also condemned racist abuses against players in the early hours of Monday morning.
“The FA condemns all forms of discrimination and terrorizes online racism against certain players in our England on social media,” an official document read.
“We couldn’t be clearer that no one behind such disgusting behavior is welcome to follow the team. We will do everything we can to help the injured players, demanding the harshest possible punishments from those responsible,” he added.
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