Bukayo Saka: Mikel Arteta backs ‘strong character’ to withstand online racist abuse following England defeat


Bukayo Saka is a “sturdy character” who will stand up to the racist abuse he suffered after England’s Euro 2020 remaining defeat, says Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal supervisor Arteta has spoken to the 19-year-old, who, together with England team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was focused on social media following their missed penalties in Sunday’s shootout loss to Italy at Wembley.

The racist abuse has obtained widespread condemnation, together with from England boss Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Soccer Affiliation, whereas a Metropolitan Police investigation is ongoing.

Requested whether or not he had personally been in touch with Saka, Arteta instructed Sky Sports activities Information: “Sure, I’ve. All of us have, I believe, spoken to him, despatched messages.

“He can be wonderful. He’s such a robust character. He has obtained numerous love and assist from world soccer, not solely with Arsenal however the nationwide staff and all of the English followers as a result of he does not deserve something like [what] he has been by way of.”

Bukayo Saka was certainly one of three England gamers to be focused on social media with racist abuse after the Euro 2020 remaining

Saka, who made his England debut as lately as October 2020, was an everyday for Arsenal beneath Arteta final season and went on to characteristic in 4 video games beneath Southgate on the European Championship.

“He has had an exceptional season,” added Arteta, who was talking after the membership misplaced 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season pleasant on Tuesday.

“In soccer, you need to be a part of the best, you must know immediately, at 19, that you just lose greater than you win sadly on this recreation and there aren’t any exceptions to that rule.”

The Prime Minister met with social media firms at Downing Road earlier on Tuesday to debate higher sort out on-line abuse.

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were targeted with racist abuse on social media after England's Euro 2020 final defeat


The racial abuse of athletes on social media could possibly be near reaching a ‘tipping level’ the place victims resolve to go away the platforms, based on New York Occasions reporter Ryan Mac.

Arteta insists now’s the time to make sure significant progress happens in stopping additional hate and punishing perpetrators.

“Hopefully we will use now to make a robust assertion and now we have to cease racial abuse on social media and folks utilizing social media to cover and put individuals in actually dangerous locations.

“Hopefully the legal guidelines will change into stronger. I believe we’re all going to try to make a robust case out of that and hopefully, it will probably have a big effect as a result of I believe it’s the second to place that proper.”

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