Arsenal legend Ian Wright responds to Bukayo Saka after social media silence is broken – Football.London

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has come out to show his support for Gunners youngster Bukayo Saka, after Euro 2020 heartbreak resulted in abhorrent racial abuse.

Saka, 19, was one of three players who missed penalties in the shoot-out as the Three Lions were defeated in the final of the competition by Italy.

Unfortunately after missing these vital kicks, Saka alongside Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been on the end of racist abuse on social media.

Abuse which has led to calls for further sanctions for those racially abusing people on social media, as well as a petition to see those abusers banned for life.

Rashford was the first player out of the three to come out publicly after the final and break his silence amid the racist abuse taking place.

He said in his statement: “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.”

Following on from the Manchester United forward’s actions, the 19-year-old has also broken his silence over what happened on the night and the events that have occurred since then.

In his long-awaited statement, Saka explained: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.

“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.”

Arsenal’s young star then went on to plead for social media change after reading some of the racial abuse directed at himself by a minority of so-called England fans.

“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,” Saka wrote. “I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these 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 actions 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.”

A message which has already led to many fans, current players and ex-players already sending their support and love to the Arsenal player.

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One of these ex-players Wright has illustrated his support for Saka with a simple but effective tone behind his reply to 19-year-old’s recent Twitter post.

The 57-year-old replied: “Love you.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has also come out to support the young Gunner, believing that he has the ‘strong character’ to overcome this unfortunate situation.

The Spaniard told Sky Sports after the Hibernian preseason defeat that he had personally spoken to Saka after England’s Wembley heartbreak, saying: “Yes, I have. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages.

“He will be fine. He is such a strong character.

“He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal but the national team and all the English fans because he doesn’t deserve anything like he has been through.”

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