Protesters gather at mural of Marcus Rashford over England football racism

People take the knee during an anti-racism protest near a mural of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, in Withington, Manchester, England, Tuesday July 13, 2021. (AP)
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After Marcus Rashford and two other Black players missed penalty kicks in the final moments of the national football team’s European Championship loss to Italy, bigots defaced a mural of the Manchester United star and targeted the three online.

Anti-racism demonstrators have gathered at a mural of striker Marcus Rashford after it was vandalised amid a deluge of abuse against England players.

Throughout the day, hundreds gathered at the mural to the England player in the Withington area of Manchester which had been defaced with racist abuse as Rashford and his black teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted online over the side’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday.

Against a backdrop of heartwarming messages and England flags placed on the mural in Rashford’s hometown Kate Caine, 42, said she was “disgusted at the behaviour of the people after Sunday night and the racist comments”.

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“I’m a Mancunian born and bred and proud to be a Mancunian and I’m so proud of what Marcus Rashford has done for this country,” she added.

Before he was attacked by trolls after missing a penalty in the shoot-out defeat by Italy, Rashford, 23, had become a hero to many inside and outside football by successfully lobbying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to provide free school meals for under-privileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohmar, 17, said he had come down to the mural to put up some notes and show his support.

“A player like him doesn’t deserve anything like this. No player does, because he’s done a lot to support his country during the pandemic, giving meals to the unfortunate kids,” he said.’

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