Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Bukayo Saka will swiftly recover from the racial insults he experienced following England’s humiliation in the Euro 2020 final.
Saka, 19, was bullied on social media after missing a chance in a shootout against Italy at Wembley, while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were also harassed.
“Yes, I have spoken to Saka directly following England’s Wembley misery,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
I believe we’ve all communicated with him and sent him messages.
Kane is consoled by England teammate Phil Foden shortly after missing a penalty at Wembley (PA Wire).
He has such a strong personality.
“He has had a lot of love and support from international football, not only from Arsenal but also from the national team and all English fans, because he doesn’t deserve anything like what he’s been through.” Racist abuse directed at England’s players has sparked worldwide outrage.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with representatives from social media companies at Downing Street in an attempt to improve how the problem is addressed.
“Maybe we can use this now to make a strong statement and we have to stop racist abuse on social media and individuals using social media to hide and put people in really awful situations,” Arteta said after his Arsenal team fell 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.
“Hopefully, the laws will be strengthened.”
“I believe we will all attempt to make a good case out of that, and hopefully it will have a significant impact because I believe now is the time to correct that.”