Arsenal of England winger, Bukayo Saka has gained more words of support against racist comments that trailed his lost penalty at the European Championship, with the latest sympathetic message coming from Mesut Ozil, a former teamma6te of his at The Gunners.
Although Ozil is no longer hobnobbing with the Nigerian-born left-footer at Emirates Stadium, the Turkey-born German ex-international is not wont to forget the jolly days they previously spent together.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, with those days of fun still fresh on his mind, Ozil has now joined the chain of accolades reeling out for Saka and declared that the youngster still needs commendations.
He insist that the dark-skinned lad deserves respect for stepping up to take England’s last kick in the shootout loss to Italy and has urged the teenager to stay strong in the face of racist attacks.
Saka missed the decisive penalty during the Euro 2020 final and later subjected to racist abuse on social media, along with team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who were also unable to convert their kicks from the spot.
Incidentally, Ozil, who played for Germany between 2009 and 2018, retired from international football citing racist abuse, but he has now empathized with Saka over his heartbreak and offered support to the 19-year-old winger.
Ozil told Sky Sports News: “I felt very much for Bukayo. I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penalty.
“In a final, as the last one, to take on the responsibility of an entire nation as a young player – respect. Not many players would dare to do that.
“There will always be people who racially abuse and scapegoat people of different backgrounds and skin colour when they lose.
“Unfortunately there will always be a small part of our community that racially insults and threatens players. We should focus much more on the positive messages that keep players strong.”