FA slam ‘DISGUSTING’ racist abuse on social media after teenager missed final spot-kick in England’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat against Italy in final of Euro 2020
- READ: England fell to a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final
- Bukayo Saka missed the fifth spot-kick which decided the game in Italy’s favour
- The Arsenal star has since been subject to racist abuse on social media
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Bukayo Saka has been subjected to racist abuse after he missed the last penalty in England’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
The 19-year-old Arsenal star came off the bench and took the fifth penalty during their shoot-out defeat to Italy.
Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Saka’s effort, which proved to be the crucial moment as Italy were crowned European Champions.
Bukayo Saka has been subject to racist abuse following England’s penalty defeat to Italy
Sadly, in the immediate aftermath to the game, Saka has suffered sickening racial abuse with several disgusting posts on his Instagram account.
The Arsenal star was targeted with racist language and emojis on the social media website, on his most recent post from the day before the final. One user told him ‘get out of my country’, while another said: ‘Go back to Nigeria’.
In a statement, Instagram said: ‘No one should have to experience racist abuse anywhere, and we don’t want it on Instagram.
‘We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules.
‘In addition to our work to remove this content, we encourage all players to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs.
‘No one thing will fix this challenge overnight, but we’re committed to keeping our community safe from abuse.’
The FA said it was ‘appalled’ by the abuse and would do everything possible to support players affected by racism.
‘We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team,’ said the FA in a statement.
Saka missed England’s fifth and deciding penalty as Italy were crowned champions
‘We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
‘We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.
‘Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.’
The youngster has been one of the stars of the tournament for England, making four appearances and putting in some fantastic displays.
Saka was visibly distraught on the Wembley pitch following his miss, with his team-mates going up to console him and later on after the trophy presentation, his family too.
Southgate took full responsibility for the penalty defeat and told Saka he would not be left to suffer alone.
He told the BBC: ‘It’s down to me, I decided on the penalty takers based on what we did in training. Nobody is on their own, we’ve won together as a team.’
Saka took England’s final penalty over more experienced players including Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish.
Instagram users have posted racist language and emojis on his Instagram account
Pundits agreed that Saka was brave for stepping up to take the penalty and urged that the country should get behind him.
ITV pundit Gary Neville said that it was ‘heart-breaking’ for Saka. He added: ‘Not only is Gareth Southgate going to need to cuddle him but the whole nation needs to cuddle him.
‘Gone are the days when a penalty taker that misses gets criticised. Everybody’s loved this boy for the last few weeks and we will love him for the next few weeks aswell.
Pundits praised 19-year-old Saka for his bravery to step up and take the final spot-kick
‘He’s been absolutely brilliant, everyone of them have been outstanding through this tournament. That young man (Saka) hold your head high because we’re going to look after him the next few months.’
Ian Wright added: ‘He’s more than capable of taking that penalty I don’t think age plays a part in it. He’s brave enough to want to take it.
‘Should he be, of course he should he’s in the England team because he’s good enough. Obviously I’m devastated for everybody not just Bukayo.
‘He was brave enough to take one, Italy deserve a lot of credit for the way they’ve played this tournament.’
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