England winger Bukayo Saka revealed that he expected to be targetted by racists online after his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. The arsenal teenage sensation has vowed that negativity will never break him. Saka had his penalty saved by the player of the tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma in the final and was sent sickening messages on social media. Police have arrested five people so far responsible for racist messages. For the first time since the final, Saka let his feelings known on Instagram.
“I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.” England winger Bukayo Saka said. “This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me. It was an honour to be part of an England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.”
“To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given up to help me get there, that meant everything to me,” he added. “There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win. My reaction post-match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this. I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.”