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Bukayo Saka Speaks Out About His Missed Penalty For England

For the first time since missing a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, Bukayo Saka has spoken out, alleging that he knew he would be targeted by racial insults right away.

Together with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, the Arsenal and England midfielder was one of three penalty takers for the Three Lions who missed their spot-kick.

Both Rashford and Sancho have already spoken their sentiments, and now Saka has spoken out after becoming the target of racial abuse online following his failed penalty.

Saka stated on Instagram, “I knew instantly the type of vitriol that I was about to experience,” “that is a sad truth.”

‘There is no place for racism or hate of any type in football or in any other sector of society, and we will win by the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police, and by driving out the hate by being good to one another.’

‘You should be very proud of the role you played in our great journey this summer, Bukayo,’ England’s official account added.

‘Sunday isn’t going to define you; there’s a lot more to come.’

Keep your head up.’ Saka was distraught after missing the game-winning penalty in a 3-2 shootout victory for Italy at Wembley.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds rushed over to speak with Saka, who was crying and burying his head in his England shirt.

Saka stated in his statement that he felt he had let his country down by seeing his spot-kick saved.

‘I have no words to express my disappointment with the outcome and my penalty,’ he added.

England and Ian Wright were among the first to reply to Saka’s emotional remarks today. The player was consoled by Gareth Southgate, who said he felt he had let England down. ‘I genuinely hoped we would win this for you,’ Saka said.

I’m sorry we weren’t able to bring it home for you this year, but I vow we’ll do everything we can to ensure that this generation knows what it’s like to win.

‘My post-match reaction told it all; I was in so much pain and felt like I’d betrayed you all and my England family, but I promise you this…’

Saka’s moving remark comes as the UK Football Police Unit reported ‘dozens’ of people are being probed for racist tweets regarding England’s stars, with four people already detained.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have all declined to tell MailOnline how many racist posts were reported to them, or how many of those were found to be in violation of their standards.

‘I’m Marcus Rashford, a 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, south Manchester,’ he said of missing the penalty and the aftermath of the game.

People leave messages of support to cover up abuse that was left on a mural of Rashford Sancho, in his statement, maintained ‘we need to do better as a community’ and ‘hold individuals accountable’ as he spoke for the first time after he and his ‘brothers’ Rashford and Saka we were abused.’

‘I’ve had a couple of days to ponder on Sunday’s final and still feel a mix of emotions,’ the statement continued.

I’d like to apologize to all of my teammates, coaching staff, and, most importantly, the fans who I disappointed.

‘This is by far the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my professional life.’

It’s difficult to put into words how I felt, but there were so many positives to take away from this tournament, even if the loss will sting for a long time.

‘How can I help my team?’ is always my first thinking before each football match.

, how will I be of assistance?

What am I going to do for a score?

How am I going to generate opportunities?

‘And that’s precisely what I intended to accomplish with that penalty, to assist the team.’

I was prepared and confident to accept it; these are the kinds of moments that kids dream of, and it’s why I play football.

As a footballer, these are the high-pressure scenarios you want to be in.

I’ve scored penalties previously at club level, and I’ve practiced them countless times for both club and country, so I picked my spot, but it wasn’t meant to be this time.’

Facebook and Instagram both stated they immediately removed hateful remarks off their platforms.

In response to the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 sadness, Jadon Sancho wrote a long, heartbreaking letter on Instagram, condemning the racists who assaulted him and his teammates. One campaign group discovered 42 Instagram comments likening players to monkeys, 17 postings using the ‘N-word,’ and 15 encouraging players to’return’ to other countries, despite the fact that all three were born and bred in the UK.

To note the 105 accounts that made such comments, the Center for Countering Digital Hate kept track of their details.

Only 17 of the 105 accounts it had identified and tracked were no longer on Instagram by 11 a.m. today, the organization said, since either the firm or the user had removed them.

The Prime Minister said today that there was still a long way to go in combating racism in the UK, and that he would take the fight to ‘strong social media platforms.’

‘I think as a society, what we need to recognize is that we’ve made progress in fighting racism, I would say, in my lifetime – a lot of progress,’ Boris Johnson said.

Racists targeted Saka, Rashford, and Sancho after the trio missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday. More than one million people have signed a petition calling for racists to be banned from all matches for life. ‘I think we have to recognize that there is still a long way to go and that we, as a Government, have to lead and use the instruments we have at our disposal.’

‘To take the argument and fight to people who control these really strong social media platforms, which have enormous capacity to injure and undermine.’

‘They can stop it, and we’ll make sure they do.’ The Prime Minister also stated that the government would use legislation as a threat to encourage social media corporations to apply stronger anti-racism measures.

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