Marcus Rashford has revealed that he’s received ‘at least’ 70 racial slurs on social media just in the hours after Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat.
Rashford slotted his penalty away, although it was a poor night for the forward who looked short of his best.
After the game the forward, who has really captured the hearts of all football fans, even those of rival clubs, for his amazing charity work, received a huge amount of abuse.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday night, Rashford said “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far,” and revealed that one of the abusers was a teacher.
The horrific abuse comes just weeks after the Premier League, clubs, players, and others all joined in a three day boycott of social media.
The blackout wasn’t supposed to stop people sending racist abuse, as lovely as that would obviously be, but to force social media companies into doing more against the abuse.
It remains to be seen if they will actually do anything after the blackout.
Fellow sports star Lewis Hamilton, who has been another of the most vocal and visible high profile stars in the battle against racism tweeted Rashford to show his support.
After the game Rashford, who has been praised for his work with underprivileged kids getting school meals outside of term time and his work getting children to read, fronted up to United’s shock loss.
“The feeling inside is difficult to explain,” the 23-year-old told BT Sport.
“We came here to win. We’ve been working so hard all season and this was the opportunity to win a trophy and it didn’t happen for whatever reason.
“We have to get rid of the disappointment and look back at the game and see what we did wrong. The team will not give up – no chance. The manager won’t allow us to give up. We will come next season with bigger desire.
“…Second doesn’t count for nothing. Manchester City win the league, we finished second. Doesn’t mean nothing. Villarreal won the Europa League, we finished second.
“For us it’s nothing. I don’t want to here ‘they were so close’ because it means nothing. One winner, one loser. Today we lost. We have to find out why and make sure next time we don’t lose.”
On and off the pitch, Rashford deserves better!