Marcus Rashford “overwhelmed” after support shown in wake of penalty miss

Marcus Rashford “overwhelmed” after support shown in wake of penalty miss

Hate won’t win

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has taken to social media to express his gratitude for the support shown in the wake of his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford, along with new club-mate Jadon Sancho and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka were subject to sickening racist abuse after all three missed their penalties in England’s defeat to Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

For Rashford, however, it became more personal as a mural of the forward, painted in his hometown Manchester, was defaced in the aftermath of the game.

Just hours after the graffiti emerged, however, it was replaced; first, by hearts and positive comments, and second by a street artist, who returned the mural to its former glory.

Rashford speaks out

Rashford himself took to Twitter to show his gratitude, simply tweeting “Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words.”

In addition to the massive surge of hearts, messages and kind words adorning the mural, a black lives matter protest was attended by hundreds on Tuesday, with children especially grateful for his work on the free school meals campaign.

It remains to be seen what action social media sites take to prevent further sickening racism from occurring in the future, but the way that Rashford’s home society have gathered around their star is heartwarming for those associated with football and those separate from it alike.

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