Marcus Rashford says 'I'll never apologise for who I am' after receiving racist abuse


Marcus Rashford says ‘I’ll never apologise for who I am’ after receiving racist abuse

Marcus Rashford has responded to racist abuse he has received after missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.

A mural in honour of Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was defaced within hours of England’s loss to Italy, in what police are treating as a racist incident.

Within hours, local residents had covered the mural in messages of support and hearts with “hero” and “Marcus for Prime Minister” written on them.

England flags have also been posted around the mural, and fans supporting a range of England teams, including Manchester United, took to social media to condemn the racist attacks.

Rashford thanked fans for their support, tweeting: “The messages I have received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.

“The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

“If I have nothing else, I have that. For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

Rashford added: “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.

“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of tens of thousands.”

The word “f—” was scrawled over the huge artwork of the England footballer, painted on the side of a cafe in Copson Street.

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