Arsenal and England winger Bukayo Saka has made his first public statement since missing the decisive penalty in Sunday’s Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out.
Saka took England’s fifth penalty in the defeat to Italy and he – along with team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho – was subsequently the recipient of disgusting racist abuse online.
And now the 19-year-old has released a statement via social media thanking those who have offered their support, and condemning the abuse he and his team-mates received.
Saka’s statement follows those released by Rashford, Sancho and numerous other England players in the wake of Sunday’s final, such as this tweet from captain Harry Kane.
Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to ban fans who abuse players on social media from stadiums and also warned that social media companies will face fines amounting to 10% of their global revenue if they fail to remove hate and racist abuse from their platforms.