England’s Marcus Rashford stated he’ll “by no means apologise for who I’m” in an emotional assertion after receiving racist abuse over the 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.
“I am Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I’ve nothing else I’ve 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 “one thing did not really feel fairly proper” when he got here to take the kick.
“It has been taking part in in my head time and again since I struck the ball and there is most likely not a phrase to fairly describe the way it feels. Ultimate. 55 years. 1 penalty. Historical past. All I can say is sorry. I want it had gone in another way,” he wrote.
“I can take critique of my efficiency all day lengthy, my penalty was not adequate, it ought to have gone in however I’ll by no means apologise for who I’m and the place I got here from,” Rashford added.
Photos on social media confirmed a mural honouring Rashford in his hometown of Withington had been defaced earlier than locals coated the hateful language with messages of help.
“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 facet’s first main ultimate look in 55 years, and grateful for the “brotherhood” that was created within the England camp.
The racist assaults have been strongly condemned by the English Soccer Affiliation whose president, Prince William, stated he was “sickened” by the abuse.
England’s gamers made a robust stand towards racism through the event, taking a knee earlier than their video games together with Sunday’s ultimate.