Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised winger Bukayo Saka’s “strong character” and urged him to overcome racist abuse received at him on social media following his miss in England’s Euro 2020 final shootout loss to Italy on Sunday.
After Marcus Rashford, 23, and Jadon Sancho, 21, both failed to convert in the shootout, the 19-year-old missed England’s final spot-kick, and all three were subjected to racist abuse online.
– Watch Show Racism The Red Card on ESPN+ The remarks sparked an investigation by the authorities and drew considerable condemnation.
Arteta informed Sky Sports that he spoke with Saka and was certain that he would be alright.
“He has such a strong personality,” Arteta continued.
“He has had a lot of love and support from world football, not only from Arsenal but also from the national team and English supporters, because he doesn’t deserve anything like [what] he has gone through,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a meeting with social media businesses on Tuesday.
“Hopefully, the laws will be strengthened.”
“I believe we’ll all try to make a strong case out of it,” Arteta added.
“Hopefully, it can have a huge impact since now is the time to put that right,” Mikel Arteta of Arsenal believes Bukayo Saka will recover.
After being vandalized on Sunday following England’s Euro 2020 final loss, a mural of Rashford in Manchester has been rebuilt. Picture by Michael Steele/Getty Images
The mural, which was created in Rashford’s honor in Withington, Manchester, and was based on a photograph by Daniel Cheetham and painted by street artist Akse, read: “Take satisfaction in knowing that your battle will play the biggest role in your mission.” Once it was vandalized, admirers covered the offending graffiti with messages of love and appreciation for Rashford.
After fans wrote loving messages, the 23-year-old said he was “on the point of tears.”
He wrote on social media, “The communities that put their arms around me continue to hold me up.”
He also shared photos of encouraging handwritten comments he’d gotten on Twitter.
“I could listen to criticism of my performance all day…
I’ll never apologize for who I am or where I came from, though.”