Bukayo Saka received disgusting attacks from England fans after loss to Italy
It was utter heartbreak for England on Sunday night as they fell to Italy in the Euro 2020 Final. Unfortunately, some of the fans could not keep their emotions in check as they attacked 19-year-old Bukayo Saka after the Arsenal winger missed what turned out to be a title-deciding penalty in the shootout.
A number of angry English fans took to social media to disgustingly attack Saka with some unacceptable racist comments (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter):
England fans have started going at 19-year old Bukayo Saka after his missed penalty in the Euro 2020 Final. pic.twitter.com/RUnQMiLGS2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 11, 2021
Several keyboard warriors decided to jump on Saka’s IG account to post monkey emojis in the comments section. Racism has been a huge problem not only in English football but throughout Europe as well and it has reared its ugly head in the most inopportune time for Bukayo Saka.
The tightly-contested match needed extra time to determine a winner after the contest was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Neither team scored in the extra periods so the Final had to be decided via a dramatic penalty shootout. England missed their third and fourth penalties courtesy of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, respectively, which put Italy at a huge advantage.
Saka stepped up to take the Three Lion’s fifth and final pen, which unfortunately for him and the rest of the nation, ended up being saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. To be frank, it was actually a decent penalty from Bukayo Saka, but in the end, it was Donnarumma who emerged as the hero of the Final.
It’s completely understandable that English fans are feeling heartbroken by this devastating defeat. Sure, you could even argue that someone else could have taken that final, championship-deciding penalty. However, there’s absolutely no excuse for racism under any circumstance. Disgusting.