Nottingham Forest fans slammed for cruel chant aimed at Arsenal star Bukayo Saka

Nottingham Forest fans have been criticised for laying into Bukayo Saka during their shock 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday.

A late goal from Lewis Grabban downed the Gunners to send Forest to the fourth round of the competition for the first time since 2018 – when they coincidentally beat Arsenal at the same stage.

Mikel Arteta raised a few eyebrows after just half an hour when he hooked defender Nuno Tavares, who threw his gloves to the ground in a rage.

The home supporters taunted the youngster by chanting "you're gonna cry in a minute", but it was the abuse they aimed at Saka that ruffled a few feathers online.

They sang "you let your country down" at the 20-year-old, referring to the decisive penalty he missed for England during the Euro 2020 final in July.

Fans on social media quickly condemned the chant, branding the Forest supporters "classless".

"Forest fans booing Saka, then singing you let your country down is classless," one fan wrote.

And another said: "Forest fans booing Saka makes me feel f****** ill."

"Notts Forest fans booing Saka and singing 'you let your country down' on national television. Utterly shameful. They ought to be fined and banned if repeated," said another.

Even some Forest fans criticised the chant.

"Our fans booing Saka can f*** off," one tweeted.

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Fortunately for the England international, the away supporters eventually drowned the chant out by singing Saka's name – but the night belonged to Forest in the end.

While Saka – along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho who also missed spot kicks for England in the final – has received a abuse this season, the overall response from rival fans since the summer has been overwhelming positive, particularly compared to years gone by.

Bitter rivals Tottenham even gave Saka a standing ovation during a pre-season match between the two sides, in a gesture of solidarity with the England starlet.

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