After being the victim of racist slurs following his missed penalty in the European Championship final between England and Italy, Bukayo Saka spoke on social media this Thursday evening.
Like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka missed his penalty in the England-Italy session on Sunday night at Wembley (1-1, 3 to 2). Like his partners, too, he was the victim of racist slurs after the defeat of the Three Lions, on social media. Disappointed not to have been able to leave with the trophy, the one who missed the decisive penalty broke the silence this Thursday evening via a long message posted on his IG handle.
“This message will never express enough how grateful I am for the love I have received […] It was an honor to be part of this England team which leads by example, who will be brothers for life […] To have helped the team reach their first final in 55 years, to see my family in the stands […] that meant a lot to me. There are no words to say how disappointed I am with the result and my penalty, ”he wrote in particular. “My post-game reaction said it all, I was in so much pain and felt like I had let all of you down. For those who sent me touching letters, wished me and my family the best, I am very grateful. This is what football should look like. Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together in shared joy, the roller coaster that is football. ”