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Mesut Ozil Believes Bukayo Saka A Former Arsenal Teammate Will Recover From His Euro 2020 Disappointment

Mesut Ozil has backed Bukayo Saka, a former Arsenal teammate, to recover from his Euro 2020 heartache, telling him to’stay strong’ after he was subjected to racist abuse.
With a 3-2 victory in the shoot-out at Wembley, Italy was crowned European Champions thanks to Saka’s miss from the spot.
Ozil, who was a teammate of the attacker at the Emirates, expressed his sympathy for him and said he deserved credit for having the guts to represent his country.
Mesut Ozil (left) has supported his former Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka (right) to recover from his Euro 2020 tragedy. Saka’s missed penalty saw Italy win 3-2 and claim the title of European Champions. ‘I felt very deeply for Bukayo,’ Ozil told Sky Sports.
‘I know how it feels to miss a penalty because I’ve done it before.’
‘To take on the burden of an entire nation as a young player in a final, as the last one – respect
‘Not many players would dare to do that.’ Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also missed penalties, and all three players received racial abuse on social media after the game.
Ozil, who represented Germany from 2009 until 2018, blamed racism for his departure from international football.
Racists assaulted Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jordan Sancho after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were also abused after they missed their spot-kicks. The midfielder, who has Turkish parents, tweeted: ‘I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.’
‘When people lose, there will always be people who racially attack and blame people of different backgrounds and skin colors,’ he added.
‘Unfortunately, there will always be a small segment of our community that abuses and threatens players based on their race.’
‘We should focus a lot more on positive messages that keep players strong,’ Ozil said of the 19-year-old. ‘Bukayo is endowed with a talent that not many people have.’
If he stays as modest and determined as he already is, I am 100 percent certain that he has a bright future ahead of him and may become a great player.’ Ozil feels the boy has a bright future ahead of him and advised him to stay strong in the face of racism.
‘It’s just not what we stand for,’ he explained.
We’ve been a ray of hope in bringing people together by allowing them to relate to the national team, and the national team represents everyone, so the spirit of unity must continue.
‘We have demonstrated the strength of our country when it comes together and has that enthusiasm and positivity.’
‘It’s my decision who gets the penalty; it’s not a case of players refusing to volunteer or more experienced players withdrawing,’ Prince William said, while Culture Minister Oliver Dowden called on social media companies to do more to combat online abuse.
Following England’s defeat by Italy, Prince William called the abuse inappropriate and sickening, tweeting: ‘I am appalled by the racial abuse aimed at England players following last night’s match.’
‘It is completely outrageous that athletes have to put up with this heinous behavior.’
‘I share the outrage at horrible racial abuse of our heroic players, and all those implicated should be held accountable,’ Dowden wrote.
‘Social media corporations must do more to address it, and if they don’t, our new Online Safety Law will hold them accountable with fines of up to 10% of global turnover.’

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