Sancho hesitates after racist attacks and regrets missing penalty

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Sancho, Rashford and Saka were the target of racist attacks on social media after England lost to Italy in the Euro Cup final, wasting a penalty kick.

This Wednesday, Sancho spoke in a long text about the humiliation he received through his social network and mourned the missed penalty.

“I had a few days to reflect on Sunday’s final and I still have mixed feelings. I want to apologize to all my teammates, the coaching staff and all the fans I’ve let down. This is so far. I have felt it in my career. It’s hard to even put into words the real feeling, but there are so many positive things to take away from this tournament, even if the loss hurts in the long run,” Sancho said.

“I won’t pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse my brothers Marcus and Bukayo and I received after the game, but unfortunately this is nothing new. As a society, we need to do better and hold these people accountable. The need is there. Hate will never win. Young people who have faced similar abuse, raise their heads and continue to chase the dream,” the British continued.

Showing itself “shocked” and “disgusted” by the racist comments on social media, the English Football Association came out in defense of the three.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “English team players deserve to be treated as heroes, not victims of racist insults on social media.”

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