Rashford last night said he was ‘overwhelmed by the actions of football
fans who left supportive messages on his Manchester mural after it was defaced
with ‘racist graffiti’.
The England star, 23, 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.
Sharing pictures of the kindly-worded letters, the Three Lions forward said:
‘Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words.’
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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.
Family friends of Rashford, including his ‘aunties’ and godmother, Norma Morgan,
Fay Banton and Carol Wright, were among the 300-strong crowd. Ms. Banton said:
‘He (Rashford) would love it. At this point in time, he’s so low.’
It comes after Rashford and fellow England teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo
Saka, was racially abused after missing penalties 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’, with derogatory comments about the forward, including the
words ‘sh**e’ and ‘b*****d’.
Further graffiti said ‘f**k Sancho’ in reference to Three Lions teammate Sancho who
also missed a penalty during the shoot-out.
The mural has since been repaired and is now covered in messages of support from
England fans, who have left notes, flags, and shirts on the wall in solidarity with the