After England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, trolls vandalized a mural honoring Marcus Rashford in Manchester.
A mural of Marcus Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was defaced not long after England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy on Sunday.
Rashford, along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, missed a penalty in the shootout as the Italians claimed European glory with a 3-2 win at Wembley upon drawing 1-1 after extra-time.
The above three-mentioned players have since been subjected to abuse on social media. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the English Football Association have issued public statements condemning these actions.
But for Rashford at least, that’s just the start of it. Trolls took things a step further in Manchester by vandalizing a mural of the forward.
Racially aggravated damage to a mural depicting Marcus Rashford has been reported to Greater Manchester Police, following England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final last night. pic.twitter.com/Z0AjFC3lsf
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 12, 2021
Street artist Akse created the artwork in a community street art project with Withington Walls. It was made to honor the Manchester United star’s work to end child food poverty.
“I’ve come out to fix what I could immediately and cover-up what I couldn’t and hopefully we will get the artist out to come and fix it,” said Withington Walls co-founder Ed Wellard as per BBC.
“We dared to dream yesterday and our hopes were dashed, but to wake up to this is more depressing. Racism seems to be more and more prevalent.”
Rashford is yet to respond to this act of vandalism, while the FA has urged the UK government to introduce new laws to help stamp out online racism.