Scottish Premiership side Hibernian have shown solidarity with Nigeria born England international Bukayo Saka ahead of the club’s friendly with Arsenal on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old missed the fifth and decisive penalty as England suffered a penalty shootout defeat by Italy in the final of Euro 2020,and suffered high dose of racial abuse afterwards.
In the aftermath to the game, Saka along with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, was subject to racist abuse on their social media accounts.
Arsenal play Hibs in their first pre-season friendly on Tuesday, and the Scottish side showed their support for the youngster by unveiling a shirt with his name on and jersey number.
An image which was shared on Arsenal’s Twitter account, shows Hibs have unveiled a home shirt with Saka’s name and number on the back of it. The Gunners posted the image on their account with a caption simply stating ‘solidarity’.
Hibs meanwhile posted a message on their account which said: ‘We stand with you @BukayoSaka87.’
It was a nice touch from Hibs for the Gunners youngster, following his heartbreaking penalty miss and the sickening abuse he received in the aftermath.
Saka of course is not in action for Arsenal in their pre-season friendly, as he takes some time off to recover for the upcoming Premier League season.
The teenager was one of the stars for England during the Euros, making four appearances and putting in some fantastic displays.
In a statement, Instagram said: ‘No one should have to experience racist abuse anywhere, and we don’t want it on Instagram.
‘We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules.
‘In addition to our work to remove this content, we encourage all players to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs.
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