England and Arsenal Star, Bukayo Saka has responded to the online racial attack he and his teammates Marcus Rashford and Jason Sancho suffered in the just ended EURO 2020.
He expressed gratitude to fans who were with them in their difficult moments and took the pain in reporting the attacks to the police.
“There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or 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,” he stated.
Saka missed his penalty kick against Italy during the penalty shootouts that could won them the cup in the finals.
Saka was not spared racial attack online with his team Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after the game.
Below is Saka’s full message.
“I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks,” he said on Twitter.
“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.
“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.”
“To the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter, and 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 of 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 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.
“Love always wins.”
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