Racist abuse has been directed at Bukayo Saka after he missed the last penalty in England’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
During Arsenal’s shoot-out loss to Italy, the 19-year-old came off the bench to take the fifth penalty.
Giovanni Donnarumma saved Saka’s shot, which proved to be the deciding factor as Italy went on to win the European Championships.
Unfortunately, Saka has suffered sickening racial abuse as a result of several disgusting posts on his Instagram account in the immediate aftermath of the game.
On the day before the final, the Arsenal star received racist messages and emojis on the social media website. He was told to leave by one user, and told by another to return to Nigeria.
Instagram has been contacted by Sportsmail for comment.
The FA said it was ‘appalled’ by the abuse and would do all it could to support players affected by racism.
‘We cannot be more clear that anyone involved in such disgusting behavior will not be allowed to follow the team,’ said the FA in a statement.
‘We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for those responsible,’ the statement concluded.
“We will do everything we can to stamp out discrimination, but we urge the government to act quickly and enact legislation so that the abuse has real life consequences.”.
We need social media companies to step up and take responsibility for restricting abusive behavior and taking action to prevent these practices from occurring, gather evidence for prosecution, and support the removal of this type of lawless behavior from their platforms.
England’s youngster has been one of the stars of the tournament, with four appearances and some impressive performances.
Saka was visibly distraught on the Wembley pitch following his miss, as his teammates went up to comfort him as did his family later after the trophy presentation.
Taking full responsibility for the penalty defeat, Southgate told Saka that he would not be left to suffer alone.
He said: ‘The penalty takers were decided by me based on what we did in training.’ We have won together as a team, no one is on their own.
England’s final penalty was taken by Saka over Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish who are more experienced players.