England’s Marcus Rashford stated he’ll “never apologise for who I am” in an emotional assertion after receiving racist abuse following the aspect’s Euro 2020 ultimate defeat.
The Manchester United ahead was one in every of three gamers, together with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who have been attacked by racist trolls after lacking penalties in Sunday’s 3-2 shoot-out defeat by Italy.
Rashford’s England team-mate Tyrone Mings criticised British Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying she had “stoked the fire” by defending those that booed gamers taking the knee.
Rashford has change into a hero to many outdoors soccer by lobbying the British authorities to supply free college meals for under-privileged kids throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that,” Rashford wrote in a press release on Twitter.
Rashford, who got here on late within the second interval of additional time, apologised for his penalty miss and stated “something didn’t feel quite right” when he got here to take the kick.
“It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently,” he wrote.
“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,” Rashford added.
– ‘Stoke the fire’ –
Images on social media confirmed a mural honouring Rashford in his hometown of Withington had been defaced earlier than locals lined the hateful language with messages of assist.
“Seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” Rashford stated.
He added that he was proud to have worn the England jersey throughout his aspect’s first main ultimate look in 55 years, and grateful for the “brotherhood” that was created within the England camp.
Mings criticism just isn’t the primary time he has disagreed with Patel.
The Aston Villa star criticised her — after the opening Euro 2020 win over Croatia — for her remarks that taking the knee was “gesture politics”.
She additionally refused to sentence the England followers who booed the staff for doing it.
Premier League groups have taken the knee since final 12 months following the homicide of George Floyd by the hands of a white police officer within the United States.
Patel had stated on Monday the racial abuse of the three gamers was “disgusting” nevertheless it didn’t wash with Mings.
“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” tweeted Mings.
Mings remarks acquired assist from Patel’s fellow Conservative lawmaker and former defence minister Johnny Mercer.
“The painful truth is that this guy (Mings) is completely right,” Mercer tweeted.
“Very uncomfortable with the place we Conservatives are needlessly forcing ourselves into.
“Do I fight it or stay silent? Modern Conservatism was always so much more to me. We must not lose our way.”
England captain Harry Kane lashed out at those that had posted the racial slurs — following England supervisor Gareth Southgate who had stated the abuse was “unforgivable”.
“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen (penalty) when the stakes were high,” tweeted Kane.
“They deserve assist and backing not the vile racist abuse they’ve had since final evening (Sunday).
“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”
The racist assaults have been strongly condemned by the English Football Association whose president, Prince William, stated he was “sickened” by the abuse.