21-year-old Jadon Sancho failed in the penalty shootout of the European Football Championship final.
Football A young English star who failed in the penalty shootout of the European Championship final Jadon Sancho received a pile of racist messages after the final.
21-year-old Sancho, 23-year-old Marcus Rashford and 19 years old Bukayo Saka were subjected to racist harassment when Italy won the penalty shootout with goals 3–2.
Sancho published on Wednesday on his Instagram account with a long and emotional message about the losing European Championship final and his own penalty kick.
He began his message by apologizing to his teammates, coaching, and supporters of the national team.
“This is by far the worst feeling I’ve felt in my career,” Sancho wrote.
“My first thought before matches is always how I can help my team, and that’s exactly what I wanted to do in the penalty kick: to help the team.”
Next season to Manchester United transferable Sancho praised the national team’s cohesion. The team was like a family both on and off the field.
Unity however, did not affect racists who saw the failure as a reason to attack young dark-skinned players with their messages.
“I’m not going to pretend I didn’t see the racist messages I and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo got after the game. Unfortunately, that is not new, ”Sancho wrote.
“As a society, we need to be able to do better and hold these people responsible.”
Racist behavior has been widely condemned, including by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, national team coach Gareth Southgate as well as the English Football Association have spoken out strongly against racism.
The British broadcaster BBC said on Wednesday that racist messages posted on social media have led to four arrests.
“Anger will never prevail,” Sancho wrote.
Sancho also sent a message to young people who have been subjected to racist harassment.
“Keep your head up and keep chasing your dream.”
I am proud of this team and how we have united the whole nation in a situation where the previous 18 months have been difficult for so many, ”he added, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the end of his update, the young footballer sent huge thanks for all the positive messages. Demonstrations of love and support clearly transcended negative messages.
“Representing England and wearing a national team shirt has always been an honor for me. We will no doubt come back even harder, ”Sancho promised.