Tottenham show support for Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star receives racist abuse after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

Bukayo Saka consoled by Harry Kane after his penalty miss in England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

England star Bukayo Saka was subjected to vile racist abuse after his penalty miss (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham put club allegiances to one side to show their support for Bukayo Saka after the Arsenal youngster was subjected to sickening racist abuse in the wake of England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

The two teams could not be separated after 120 minutes and Saka’s decisive spot-kick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma which ensured victory for Roberto Mancini’s all-conquering Italy side at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho also failed to convert from 12 yards for the Three Lions prior to Saka’s miss and all three players received a string of horrific racist messages on their social media pages in the hours that followed.

Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand led the calls for social media platforms to better crack down on hateful messages after the defeat and a statement from the FA demanded a swift response from the government in tackling abuse.

‘The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media,’ it said.

‘We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team.

‘We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

‘We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.

‘Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.’

Rashford and Sancho were also abused after missing spot-kicks in the shootout (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police stated: ‘We are aware of a number of offensive and racist social media comments being directed towards footballers following the Euro 2020 final.

‘This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated.’

Saka, Rashford and Sancho have received countless messages of support following the vile torrent of abuse they faced, with fans, team-mates and former players joining in condemning the hate.

A post on Tottenham’s official Twitter page showed a picture of Harry Kane consoling Saka alongside a short message promoting ‘inclusion and equality’ in society and football.

‘We stand together,’ Spurs’ tweet said.

‘We are driven by inclusion and equality and nobody should have to endure the repulsive online abuse seen recently.’

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Southgate threw his support behind Saka and said the teenage Arsenal attacker had ‘brought a smile to so many faces’ in the England camp.

‘We heal together as a team now and we’re there for them and I know that 99 per cent of the public will be as well because they will appreciate how well they’ve played,’ the England head coach told reporters.

‘Bukayo, in particular, has been an absolute star in the tournament. Incredible maturity with the way he’s played and he’s brought a smile to so many faces.

‘He’s become such a hugely popular member of the group and I know he’s got everybody’s support.’

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