Lewis Hamilton Calls Out Media for Using Bukayo Saka’s Image As Face of England’s Defeat

Lewis Hamilton Calls Out Media for Using Bukayo Saka’s Image As Face of England’s Defeat

Rene Otinga
updated at June 9, 2024 at 12:17 PM
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  • Lewis Hamilton has come out with a passionate defence of Bukayo Saka after recent criticism towards the Arsenal star
  • The F1 star believes there is an agenda against certain players in the England squad ahead of the upcoming Euros
  • Saka was presented as the face of the defeat England suffered during a friendly against Iceland on Friday, June 7

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Lewis Hamilton recently came to the defence of Bukayo Saka, expressing his support for the England winger amid a wave of criticism aimed at the Arsenal star.

In their final game before the start of the Euros, England faced off against Iceland in a game in which The Three Lions were expected to cruise.

Lewis Hamilton, Bukayo Saka, England, Media, Iceland, Euro 2024.
Lewis Hamilton was critical of sections of the media for how they portrayed Bukayo Saka after England's defeat to Iceland. Photo: Qian Jun/Marc Atkins.
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But Gareth Southgate’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat courtesy of a Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson strike in the 12th minute on Friday, June 7.

After the defeat, several British publications wrote scathing reviews about the England team, using Saka’s image as the face of the loss despite the Arsenal man coming in as a substitute in the second half.

The trend has since caused an outrage on social media, with sections of fans accusing the media of scapegoating Saka, with Hamilton extending support towards the winger.

The Mercedes driver shared a post from Versus’ media page on his Instagram with a message condemning racial discrimination against some English players.

"We need to hold the English media accountable for systemically vilifying black players. The constant scapegoating of black players needs to stop. This endemic racial discrimination has no place in football, yet countless news outlets suggest otherwise.⁣.." the F1 legend’s message read.

Saka has fallen victim to criticism from his own fans, and it all peaked in 2020 when he missed a crucial penalty for England at the Euros.

After the Three Lions lost to Italy, the trio of Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were subjected to abuse online.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Hamilton has lent his voice to fight some vices in the world of sport.

According to Essentially Sports, the 39-year-old also publicly stood up for Vinicius Junior when the Brazilian was subjected to racism in the La Liga.

Erik ten Hag’s comments about Mainoo

Sports Brief also reported on Erik ten Hag’s past comments on Kobbie Mainoo which rang true after England’s defeat against Iceland.

The Manchester United boss fired a warning, saying fans should stay calm with the expectations imposed on the 19-year-old midfielder.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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