Jadon Sancho, a footballer from England, reflected this Wednesday on his social networks about the penalty that he missed against Italy in the final of the Eurocup and about the racist comments he received after the duel. Chosen by Gareth Southgate To launch one of the maximum penalties of the round with Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, he missed his launch just like his teammates and was the victim of insults.
Like the West Ham United striker, he took the field in the 120th minute of extra time exclusively to participate in the penalty shootout. After their rulings, they received hurtful comments: “I am not going to pretend that I did not see the racial abuse that my brothers Marcus, Bukayo and I received after the game, but sadly this is nothing new. As a society, we must do better and hold these people accountable. Hatred never win“He tweeted.
”To all young people who have received similar abuse, I tell you to hold your head up and continue to pursue your dream.. I am proud of this England team and how we have brought the entire nation together in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people, ”he added. In addition, he stated that the English team and society will build and learn from the experience of the European Championship for the future. In addition, he took the opportunity to thank all the messages of love and support that have been many more than the negative ones.
Sancho explained that he had two days to reflect on Sunday’s final and acknowledged that he still feels mixed emotions: “I would like to apologize to all my teammates, the coaching staff and, above all, the fans I disappointed. This is by far the worst feeling I have ever felt in my career. It is even difficult to put into words what I really feel, but there were so many positive aspects to take out of this tournament even though we think that the defeat will hurt for a long time, “he said.
Likewise, he indicated that his first thought before any game is destined to whether he can help his team, whether he is going to score a goal or if he is going to generate chances: “That is exactly what I wanted to do with my penalty, help the team . I was ready and confident to launch it. These are the moments you dream of as a child, that’s why I play soccer. These are the pressure situations in which you want to be a footballer. I have scored penalties before at the club level, I have practiced them countless times for both the club and the country, so I chose a side, but it was not meant to be this time.”.
”We all had the same ambitions and goals. We wanted to take the trophy home. This has been one of the best teams I have been part of in my career so far. The unity of the team has been unmatched, a true family on and off the field ”, he concluded.
Your letter was published after Rashford wrote a similar. The West Ham striker became a benchmark for many because off the pitch he demonstrated his social commitment by participating in charity work alongside his mother. Both have collaborated with several food banks as volunteers, in addition to making a significant financial donation. Their support increased at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to collaborate with those most in need.
For his part, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced plans Wednesday to ban those who have participated in racist attacks against players from soccer stadiums.. Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford, were the target of an avalanche of racist attacks on social media after the defeat in the Eurocup final against Italy at Wembley.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the racist attacks that we saw on Sunday night,” Johnson told MPs. “And that is why what we are doing today is taking practical measures to ensure that the regime of prohibition of access to football is changed, so thate if someone is guilty of racist online insults towards footballers, they will not be able to go to the game. No buts, no exemptions, and no excuses“, ad.
With information from EFE