Monday, July 12, 2021
Saka, Sancho and Rashford
England’s misses racially offended
In the final of the European Football Championship, five shooters were awarded on penalties. The last of them is 19 year old Bukayo Saka. What he and the other two missed shooters have to experience afterwards on the social networks is terrifying.
England’s last missed penalty shot, Bukayo Saka, was racially insulted on social media by a minority of small-minded football fans after the lost European Championship final against Italy. The 19-year-old’s latest Instagram post from Arsenal FC immediately found dozens of comments, the content of which were the most nasty insults and curses.
Clearly in the majority, however, there were encouraging short messages to the young winger who had played a good tournament. “Cheer up, buddy, you are so young, nobody blames you. You are a huge talent,” wrote a user and put a heart behind it.
In addition to Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who is moving from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, also missed. Both team manager Gareth Southgate came on as supposedly safe shooters in the 120th minute. As the British “Guardian” reported, Sancho and Rashford were also racially insulted. The English football association FA condemned the “hideous behavior”, it continues. The police will also start investigations.
Important visit after the game
Meanwhile, there were high visitors after the game. The British Prince William stopped by the locker room after the lost European Championship final. “He was in the locker room and thanked them for their commitment,” said coach Gareth Southgate on after the 3-2 defeat on penalties. Southgate reported depression and a “very quiet” atmosphere in the locker room at Wembley Stadium. “You can imagine what it looks like there,” said the 50-year-old.
Still, Southgate is proud of its players. “They have done more than any other English team in 55 years. You should leave this tournament with your heads held high.” The Three Lions had reached their first grand final since 1966 against the Italians, but, as they had often done in the past, failed on penalties.
“The penalty takers were my decision, the players don’t do that,” said Southgate, defending his missed shooters. “It’s heartbreaking for the players, but it’s not their fault, it was my decision as a coach.”