Letter from the English footballer who missed the penalty: The bitter reality that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can not stop hate messages
Saka, Marcus and Jadon are the three players of the English team who lost the penalties in the final of Euro 2020 and for a week they are facing a wild network, with insulting comments that have turned into personal attacks on them, reminding them of color or origin. Saka, the most attacked among them, has written an open letter starting from thanking the fans, the team and then the message for social media and for all humanity.
"I stayed away from social media for a few days to spend more time with my family and reflect on last week. This message cannot express enough how grateful I am for all the love I have received. I feel the need to thank everyone who has supported me.
It has been an honor for me to be part of the English team led by the brotherly love the boys have for each other and I am grateful for everything I learned from the players and the tireless staff. I was happy to contribute to take the team to the final after 55 years, and to look at my family in the stands thinking how much they have sacrificed to get me here. It means a lot to me.
I can not express in words my disappointment for the missed penalty. I really thought we would win for you. I'm sorry we could not bring the cup home, but we will make sure this generation knows what it means to win.
My reaction after the match says it all. I was very hurt and felt I had to leave my England family, but no. I will not allow that moment of negativity to make me give up.
For those who have sent letters and greetings to me and my family, I am grateful. This is how football should be. Passion, people of every race, gender, faith, along with a love for football.
For social media Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: I do not want any child or adult to receive such hateful and hurtful messages as I, Marcus and Jadon received this week. I knew the hatred that would await me and this is the painful reality that powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.
There is no room for racism or hatred of any kind in football or any other field of society. If people come together to report these messages and report them to the Police, if we get rid of hatred and become in love with each other, we will win.
Love always wins! ”