Updated on July 16, 2021, 10:24 a.m.
- The English internationals Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka became targets of racist Internet users after their misses from the penalty spot in the European Championship final against Italy.
- Saka says she didn’t expect anything else.
- What bothers him at least as much as the comments themselves are that the social platforms don’t stop them.
The English national soccer player Bukayo Saka has criticized the social platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook after the racist hateful comments against him and his teammates Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. “I knew immediately what kind of hatred would hit me. And it is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop this news,” wrote the 19-year-old on Twitter on Thursday.
He added, “On Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I don’t want any child or adult to get the hateful and hurtful messages that Marcus, Jadon and I received this week.”
Bukayo Saka: “There are no words for my disappointment”
Saka was the last penalty taker of the Three Lions in the lost European Championship final against Italy, as did Sancho and Rashford. “I really believed we’d win this for you guys. I’m sorry we couldn’t bring it home this year,” he wrote. There are no words for his disappointment, he felt as if he had abandoned the whole country and his team.
He, Rashford and Sancho were then racially insulted on social networks. Rashford and Sancho had already responded via social networks.
Bukayo Saka: Love will triumph over racism
“There is no place for racism or hatred in football or in any other area of society,” Saka said. And he underlined that this attitude also applies to people “who have come together to confront these people who write such messages by doing something and reporting the comments to the police and counteracting hatred by being friendly to one another. We will win.” Saka ended his message with the words “Love always wins”.
Bukayo Saka is one of those great talents that England is particularly blessed with on the offensive. The 19-year-old from Arsenal will not forget his fifth international appearance. As part of his European Championship premiere, he becomes the man of the evening against the Czech Republic. (Teaser image: AFP / Justin Tallis) © DAZN
Sancho and Rashford had also previously spoken out with similar statements. Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially insulted after their missed penalties in the European Championship final.
At the same time, he thanked you for the countless encouraging messages and was combative: “I promise you that we will give everything to ensure that this generation knows what it feels like to win.” (dpa / AFP / hau)
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka didn’t score when England faced Italy at home in London’s Wembley Stadium to win the European Championship. For their misses from the penalty spot, they collect insulting comments on the net. National coach Gareth Southgate opposes their writers. (Teaser image: Getty Images / Andy Rain) © DAZN