Arsenal show support to Saka after final penalty miss

The media department of Arsenal football club has released a condemnatory statement against the racist abuse that has been aimed at England star Bukayo Saka after he missed a decisive penalty last night in the Final of the Euro 2021 against Italy.

A young and energetic side, coached, managed and drilled by Gareth Southgate found their way into the final of the competition but they flunked their chances after three consecutive misses in the shootout.

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford   missed their penalties, and as expected, the trio have been at the receivng end of intense racial abuse from some purported fans of the Three Lions.

Arsenal have however come out to protect their player and they sent a strong message of support via their official site today.

All of this might cause a paradigm shift for everyone in the world at large in light of Wilfred Zaha’s refusal to take the knee at the beginning of football matches last season.

See below for Arsenal’s statement in full:

Last night, we saw Bukayo Saka reach the Euro 2020 final at the age of 19 years old.

Bukayo has been with us since he was seven and the whole club couldn’t have been prouder to see him represent England throughout the tournament. You could feel it right across the club.

Last night we witnessed the leadership and character we’ve always known and loved in Bukayo. However, this feeling of pride quickly turned to sorrow at the racist comments our young player was subjected to on his social media platforms after the final whistle.

Once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism of a number black players. This cannot continue and the social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse to which our players are subjected on a daily basis stops now.

We have processes in place internally at Arsenal to ensure our players are supported both emotionally and practically on this issue but sadly there is only so much we can do.

Our message to Bukayo is: hold your head high, we are so very proud of you and we cannot wait to welcome you back home to Arsenal soon.

Saka will be back to Arsenal at the end of the month as he has been granted a few weeks’ break following his exploits at the Euros.

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