We stand with Bukayo Saka! —Arsenal Football Club
Arsenal Football Club has declared its unflinching support for Bukayo Saka, the young Nigerian lad who featured for the England national football team that played against Italy Sunday night.
England lost the match after a penalty shoot out that saw young Saka lose failing to score the decisive goal.
Following the loss, Saka has been bombarded with racist comments, some asking him to go back to Nigeria, while others asked him never to play for England again.
However, his club—Arsenal FC has rallied against the 19 years old youngster and pledged total support and allegiance to his budding talents.
In a statement posted on its website, Arsenal said:
“Last night, we saw Bukayo Saka reach the Euro 2020 final at the age of 19 years old.
“Bukayo has been with us since he was seven and the whole club couldn’t have been prouder to see him represent England throughout the tournament.
“You could feel it right across the club.
“Last night we witnessed the leadership and character we’ve always known and loved in Bukayo.
“However, this feeling of pride quickly turned to sorrow at the racist comments our young player was subjected to on his social media platforms after the final whistle.
“Once again, we are sad to have to say we condemn the racism of a number of black players.
“This cannot continue and the social media platforms and authorities must act to ensure this disgusting abuse to which our players are subjected on a daily basis stops now.
“We have processes in place internally at Arsenal to ensure our players are supported both emotionally and practically on this issue but sadly there is only so much we can do.
“Our message to Bukayo is: hold your head high, we are so very proud of you and we cannot wait to welcome you back home to Arsenal soon,” the statement concluded.