Bukayo Saka 'knew instantly of hate' he would receive after England defeat

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Bukayo Saka aft  his punishment  miss   with Italy subordinate    celebratingBukayo Saka saw his punishment successful the shootout saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

England's Bukayo Saka said helium "knew instantly the benignant of hate" helium was going to person aft his punishment was saved during Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

All 3 players received racist maltreatment connected societal media aft the game.

"I volition not fto that infinitesimal oregon the negativity that I've received this week interruption me," Saka posted connected societal media.

The 19-year-old Arsenal subordinate directed his comments astir the mode helium was treated online astatine Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

'Love ever wins'

Saka was 1 of England's astir awesome players successful their tally to the final, and manager Gareth Southgate said earlier this week helium had "brought a grin to truthful galore people's faces" and "become a hugely fashionable subordinate of the group".

In his post, Saka said: "I knew instantly the benignant of hatred that I was astir to person and that is simply a bittersweet world that your almighty platforms are not doing capable to halt these messages.

"I don't privation immoderate kid oregon big to person to person the hateful and hurtful messages that maine Marcus and Jadon person received this week.

"There is nary spot for racism oregon hatred of immoderate benignant successful shot oregon successful immoderate country of society.

"And, to the bulk of radical coming unneurotic to telephone retired the radical sending these messages, by taking enactment and reporting these comments to the constabulary and by driving retired the hatred by being benignant to 1 another, we volition win.

"Love ever wins."

Five radical person been arrested aft Saka and his team-mates were racially abused online.

Twitter said earlier successful the week it had removed much than 1,000 posts implicit the erstwhile 24 hours and suspended a fig of accounts for violating its rules.

Facebook, which besides owns Instagram, said it had "quickly removed comments" directed astatine players connected its platforms.

Southgate described the racist maltreatment arsenic "unforgivable", and skipper Harry Kane told those who sent it: "You're not an England instrumentality and we don't privation you."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to prohibition radical blameworthy of sending racist maltreatment to footballers from attending matches.

Saka said helium was thankful to those radical who person "campaigned connected my behalf and sent maine heartfelt letters, wished maine and my household well".

"This connection won't bash it justness however grateful I americium for each the emotion that I person received, and I consciousness that I request to convey everyone who has supported me," helium said.

Like Rashford and Sancho earlier him, helium apologised for his punishment miss. He said helium and his team-mates would enactment hard "to marque definite this procreation knows however it feels to win".

"There are nary words to archer you however disappointed I was with the effect and my penalty," helium said.

"I truly believed we would triumph this for you. I'm atrocious that we couldn't bring it location for you this year."

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