Metropolitan Police confirm they are investigating online racist abuse of Arsenal star Bukayo Saka following the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with West Ham at the weekend after the England winger missed a crucial penalty
- A social media post appearing to contain racist connotations posted after draw
- Metropolitan Police confirmed it had been reported and they are investigating
- Bukayo Saka was victim of racist abuse following a missed penalty at Euro 2020
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged racist social media post aimed at Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
Saka, 21, missed a penalty as Arsenal drew 2-2 away at West Ham on Sunday and a tweet was posted shortly after the final whistle reading, ‘this clown has cost us the league’.
Accompanying the caption was a photo of Saka made to look like a monkey. The account that allegedly posted the tweet initially appears to have been deactivated, however another user posted a screenshot.
‘Let find out who this piece of s*** is and give him a real good old fashion a** whooping,’ the user tweeted alongside the grab of the original tweet.
Underneath, another user tagged the Metropolitan Police’s account, saying they wished to report the original tweet as a hate crime.
Bukayo Saka has again fallen victim to racist abuse on social media after missing a penalty
The 21-year-old missed a penalty as Arsenal drew 2-2 with West Ham on Sunday afternoon
‘This has already been reported and is currently being investigated, thank you,’ the Met responded.
Speaking to The Athletic this week, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright offered his unequivocal support to Saka, urging those at the club to do the same.
‘He will always be our starboy no matter what,’ he said. ‘He has my unequivocal support & I would expect everyone around Arsenal to do the same.
‘Vocal support matters. I want him to know we will always rally around him. Watch our fans on Friday night.
‘He’s going to feel the love, I can tell you that. Despite what he has been through he has continued to take responsibility. He can do so again. He has greatness. Just go again, Bukayo.’
It is not the first time in his relatively young career that he has suffered alleged racist abuse, with Saka on the receiving end of various instances of abuse following his missed penalty in the final of Euro 2020.
Last year, a report commissioned by FIFA into social media abuse directed at players found that Saka, alongside Marcus Rashford, were the two most abused players following the Euro 2020 final almost two years ago.
Alongside Jadon Sancho, who also received streams of rabid abuse, the two missed decisive penalties as England were defeated by Italy in the final at Wembley.
Both Rashford and Saka received over 80 posts of abuse, with most of that being racially aggravated. Saka received around 120 abusive posts, with over 60 of those being racially driven.
Ian Wright called for Arsenal to offer support to ‘starboy’ Saka after his miss on the weekend
Saka has previously been abused after missing a penalty for England in the final of Euro 2020
Meanwhile, of the 80 abusive posts targeting Rashford, around 50 were racially motivated.
Sancho’s abuse appeared to be largely homophobic with that making up a large majority of the 18 or so abusive posts in his direction.
FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino said at the time: ‘Our duty is to protect football, and that starts with the players who bring so much joy and happiness to all of us by their exploits on the field of play.
‘Unfortunately, there is a trend developing where a percentage of posts on social media channels directed towards players, coaches, match officials and the teams themselves is not acceptable, and this form of discrimination – like any form of discrimination – has no place in football.’
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