After his punishment, Bukayo Saka “knew straightaway” that he would be targeted by bigots.
After his penalty was saved in the final, England’s Bukayo Saka “knew instantaneously” that he would face racist abuse.
Yesterday, the teen midfielder broke his silence to condemn the anti-Semitism directed against him and his teammates. He also accused Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook of failing to control the poison that was strewn across their networks.
“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was likely to receive,” Saka, 19, told the tech titans. It’s a sad reality that your huge platforms are failing to do more to combat these messages.”
“We will win,” the Arsenal midfielder promised the “majority of people” who marched to oppose the prejudice.
“There are no words to express how sad I was with the result and my penalty,” Saka told fans.
I’m sorry we weren’t able to bring it home for you this year, but I promise we’ll give it our all to ensure that this generation knows what it’s like to win.”
“You should be extremely proud of the role you played in our fantastic journey this summer, Bukayo,” England’s social media account responded.
“Hold your head high,” it continued.