Bukayo Saka’s moment with the fans proved there is something ‘bigger than football’ at Brentford

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has praised the club’s supporters for the fantastic reception they gave Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka in the opening game of the Premier League season.

The young England winger returned to competitive action for the first time since he, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were racially abused for missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Saka was also applauded for his efforts at the competition when he entered the field of play during a friendly with rivals Tottenham Hotspur the week prior.

Although Brentford were 2-0 victors over the Gunners in their first-game in the top flight for 74 years, Frank was as proud of the supporters as he was with his players.

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“When Saka came on the pitch and the way our fans stood up and gave him a fantastic reception. that was a top moment. I was very proud to be part of Brentford when we applauded Saka,” he told football.london.

The Danish coach continued by arguing that moments like this show why some things are bigger than football.

“The whole game was a beautiful example. I’m biased of course but praising our fans in how good they are, he added.

“They were singing different songs at Arsenal’s players, fans and [Mikel] Arteta. That’s part of the game during the 90 minutes but there’s something bigger than the 90 minutes and I think they showed that in the 30 seconds of applauding Saka. That’s fantastic, how it should be.”

Frank was also pictured celebrating with devoted Brentford fan, Woody, at the final whistle – a beautiful image which has since gone viral.

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“I’ve seen the pictures because a lot of people have sent it to me.

“I didn’t know how popular it was until my son texted my to say it’s on this and that platform. I’m pleased for Woody.”

Brentford travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon where Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira, will be looking to get his first three points as the Eagles’ manager.

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