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Saka breaks silence after suffering racist abuse on social media

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The Arsenal starlet was subjected to sickening remarks over missing a decisive spot-kick for England.

Bukayo Saka insists he will not let the racist abuse “break” while hitting out at social media platforms for “not doing enough” to stop hate speech.

Saka found himself in a do-or-die situation as he boldly walked up to the spot during the penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.

A couple of English players had failed to convert their penalties, leaving the responsibility of making sure England keep afloat to Saka.

The responsibility proved too much to handle for the 19-year-old, who hadn’t attempted a single penalty kick in his short career before, and his shot was saved by the Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament.

Racial abuse on online platforms was directed towards the teenager, who has now thanked his family and friends for their support in times of hardship.

“I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks,” Saka posted on Twitter.

“This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.

“It was an honour to be part of an England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.

“To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given up to help me get there, that meant everything to me.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you. I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.

“My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this; I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.

“For those who have campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well – I’m so thankful. This is what football should be about. Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy, of the rollercoaster of football.

“To the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me, Marcus and Jadon have received this week.

“I knew instantly the kind of hate I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop those messages.

“There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society and to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win.

“Love always wins.”