“I have been away from social media for a few days, to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks. This message cannot fully describe how grateful I am for all the love received. For this, I feel the need to thank everyone who supported me “. Thus begins the letter of Bukayo Saka, English winger and author of the decisive mistake during the penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, as well as a victim of racist slurs along with teammates Rashford and Sancho.
“It was an honor for me to be part of theEngland, and my companions will remain my brothers for life. I am grateful for everything I have learned from each of the players and staff members I have worked hard with. Helping the team reach their first final in 55 years – continues Saka – seeing my family in the audience, knowing what they gave up to help me get there, that means everything to me. “ In the post, the Arsenal player does not hide the bitterness for what happened during the final: “There are no words to describe my disappointment for the result and the bitterness for my rigor. I was sure we would win the game for all of you. I’m sorry, but I swear we’ll give everything we have to make sure our generation finds out what it’s like to win. My reaction at the end of the game says it all, I suffered a lot and I felt I had disappointed everyone “.
But Saka, a victim along with his teammates Marcus Rashford e Jadon Sancho of heavy racist insults on the part of the English fans, he does not despair: “I will not allow that moment, or the insults I received this week, to break me. I am very grateful to those who have carried out a campaign in my name and to those who have sent me letters full of love, wishing me and my best wishes. my family. This is what football should be. Passion for people of all genders, religions and cultures, coming together in shared joy on the roller coaster of football. “
Finally, the English number 25 launches an appeal to social platforms, including Instagram, Twitter e Facebook, who failed to handle the massive flow of racist slurs and hate attacks against the player and his teammates. “I don’t want any child or adult to get the hateful messages that I, Rashford and Sancho have received these days. This is the sad reality that your powerful platforms are not stopping. – emphasizes Saka -. There is no place for the racism, neither for forms of hatred of any kind nor in football, nor in civil society “.” Most people come together to condemn these messages by initiating actions and reporting these comments to the police. Only by gently chasing away hatred will we win. Love always wins”.
Immediately after the letter was shared again on the social channels of the English national team, with a message of encouragement and support: “You should be proud of what you did this incredible summer, Buyako. Don’t stop at what happened last Sunday, it doesn’t define who you are or who you will be. A great future awaits you. Keep moving forward with your head held high, always”.
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– Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) July 15, 2021