Marcus Rashford’s mural vandalised following England’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final
Following the Three Lions’ penalty shootout setback at Wembley, artwork in the streets of Manchester was destroyed.
Following England’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, a mural of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford was vandalized. After extra time in Sunday’s showpiece game, the score remained tied at 1-1, necessitating the use of penalties to determine the European Championship winner.
As a result of Rashford’s, Jadon Sancho’s, and Bukayo Saka’s misses, Italy triumphed 3-2 on penalties, with all three players receiving racial abuse from online trolls.
What happened to Rashford’s mural?
Aside from the flood of nasty tweets on social media, it has been reported that artwork proudly representing Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was defaced following the game.
The Rashford mural was painted by street artist Akse in collaboration with community initiative Withington Walls, whose co-founder expressed his dissatisfaction with the artwork.
“I’ve come out to replace what I could immediately and cover-up what I couldn’t, and hopefully we’ll get the artist out to come and fix it,” Ed Wellard said of the vandalism that occurred in the aftermath of England’s first major final participation since 1966.
“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.”
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The FA’s response to racial abuse faced by black players
The English FA released a statement in which they vowed to support Rashford, Sancho and Saka while signalling the government and social media companies to do more to remove this social cankerworm called online racism.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team,” the FA statement read. “We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore the government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real-life consequences.
“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”
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