Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has been ‘overwhelmed by the actions of football fans who left supportive messages on his Manchester mural after it was defaced with ‘racist graffiti’.
The 23-year-old star took to Instagram to share his thanks after fans rushed to cover the offensive messages by placing letters of support across the mural, which is painted on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in Rashford’s hometown of Withington.
‘Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words,” Rashford wrote after sharing pictures of the kindly-worded letters, .
The Premier League star also included images of hundreds of anti-racism campaigners who took the knee in front of the mural last night. Stand Up To Racism held a demonstration at the mural to show solidarity with Rashford after he was racially abused by online trolls in the wake of England’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy on Sunday.
Members of the group were seen holding aloft signs with ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice No Peace’ at the anti-racism demonstration. Crowds also joined in with a protester chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on a megaphone. Rashford also received support from family friends which include his ‘aunties’ and godmother, Norma Morgan, Fay Banton and Carol Wright. They were among the 300-strong crowd.
‘He (Rashford) would love it. At this point in time, he’s so low,” Ms Banton told the Guardian.
This is following racial abuse suffered by the young striker and his fellow England teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. The trio lost their spot-kicks in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat at Wembley.
Rashford’s mural was also defaced in what is being investigated by police as a possible ‘hate crime’. There were derogatory comments about the forward, including the words ‘sh**e’ and ‘b**** Another graffiti said ‘f**k Sancho’ in reference to Three Lions teammate Sancho who also missed a penalty during the shoot-out.
As a form of solidarity for the young lad, the mural has been repaired and is now covered in messages of support from England fans, who have left notes, flags and shirts on his wall.