England youngster and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has officially broken his silence after receiving horrific racial abuse following England’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy at Wembley on Sunday.
Saka, along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was the victim of far too much hate because he missed the Three Lions’ final spot-kick in the final. This is what he posted on Thursday:
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) July 15, 2021
Bukayo Saka noted that he always planned to take a few days off social media after the final, especially considering how everything turned out. The Gunners standout also discussed how blessed he was to be a part of such a tight-knit England squad who are truly like a family. The 19-year old even called out social media for not doing more to prevent the racial abuse that people of color receive on these platforms.
Despite the penalty miss, Saka showed well in his first major tournament for the Three Lions. He made three starts and was the leading catalyst behind their equalizer against Denmark in the semifinals after whipping in a dangerous ball that was steered in as an own goal. Bukayo Saka came on in the 71st minute of the grand finale on Sunday and was selected by Gareth Southgate to take the final penalty, which seemed like a rather odd decision considering Saka is one of their youngest players.
Nevertheless, Bukayo Saka is handling this situation like a true professional and even though it’s going to sting for a few months, this is just the start for him and he aims to carve out an illustrious career with England.
Onwards and upwards.