Manchester United star Marcus Rashford talks to BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent about the support he received after being targeted with racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final heartbreak.
Rashford, 23, is a man with a brain behind his years, who leads by example and never shies away from a battle, even with the authorities such as the UK Government.
“It’s nice to have that support from different types of people,” Rashford said, per the BBC.
“It’s something that I’ve probably not really experienced before, it’s definitely a great feeling for me to have that support from people that some of them don’t even watch football. Just for us as a team it was nice to see people behind us, you never want to get that far in a tournament and then get to the final game and lose.
“But to lose on penalties it’s such fine margins. I’ve been lucky enough to take a lot of penalty kicks and know that some of them go in, some of them don’t, but there’s never a time that racism is acceptable, or we should accept racism and just get on with our lives. But for probably on the biggest stage that racism has been in front of us as young players it was nice to see so many people supporting us without even saying anything.”
It goes without saying at this point that the racist abuse aimed at three England players after the Euro 2020 final was totally unforgivable. They are all such young talented players, who never once disrespected their country — Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
All three players missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss and were targeted primarily on social media after the game.
Scott McCluskey, of Runcorn, was sentenced to 14 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He admitted to posting racist abuse about the three black footballers on the night of the final, too.