Bukayo Saka says ‘he knew instantly’ hate he would recieve following penatly miss

Bukayo Saka has said that he was aware he would receive abuse online following his decisive missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Saka, 19, and Jadon Sancho had their spot-kicks saved and Marcus Rashford hit a post allowing Italy to beat England in a penalty shootout to win the competition.

But all three players reported having received racist abuse on social media after the game’s conclusion.

“I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me,” Saka posted on social media.

The Arsenal player spoke about the way he was treated online in a post he shared on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Saka’s message

The post read: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks. This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.

It continued: “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 that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.

“My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this.. I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.

“For those who have campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well – I’m so thankful. This is what football should be about. Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy of the rollercoaster of football.

“To the social media platforms @instagram@twitter@facebook 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. 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.

“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.

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