Arsenal have released a statement condemning the racist abuse aimed towards Bukayo Saka after England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy on Sunday evening.
The Three Lions, who were playing in their first final in 55 years, were beaten on penalties after drawing 1-1 after extra time.
Luke Shaw had handed England an early lead in London, but Leonardo Bonucci ‘s second-half goal ensured the Euro 2020 final would have an extra half an hour.
However, neither side could find the net in the extra 30 minutes, meaning the huge clash would be determined on penalties in front of 60,000 people at Wembley.
Despite Harry Kane and Harry Maguire scoring England’s first two penalties, the next three were missed by Gareth Southgate ‘s men.
Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Saka all missed from the spot and were the subject of some vile racist abuse following the defeat.
Now, Arsenal have released a statement regarding the abuse aimed in Saka’s direction.
It read: “Last night, we saw Bukayo Saka reach the Euro 2020 final at the age of 19 years old.
“Bukayo has been with us since he was seven and the whole club couldn’t have been prouder to see him represent England throughout the tournament.
“You could feel it right across the club. Last night we witnessed the leadership and character we have always known and loved in Bukayo.
“However, this feeling of pride quickly turned to sorrow at the racist comments our young player was subjected to on his social media platforms after the final whistle.
“Once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism of a number of black players.
“This cannot continue and the social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse to which our players are subjected on a daily basis stops now.
“We have processes in place internally at Arsenal to ensure our players are supported both emotionally and practically on this issue but sadly there is only so much we can do.
“Our message to Bukayo is: hold your head high, we are so very proud of you and we cannot wait to welcome you back home to Arsenal soon.”
Social media website Facebook have claimed they “quickly removed” abusive comments aimed at the aforementioned England trio and will “continue to take action” against users that break their rules.
Source by Football London