Arsenal have condemned the racist abuse directed at England’s black players on social media following the Three Lions’ penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
Having missed their penalties, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and our very own Bukayo Saka were all targeted after the final whistle by low lives taking to their computers and phones to spread hate.
Having launched a campaign in March calling on social media companies to do more to stamp out online abuse, Arsenal have doubled down on their calls for action while also taking a moment to pay tribute to Saka’s incredible efforts in the last few weeks.
Here’s the club’s statement:
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.
We’re not sure that we really need to add anything to that.