Marcus Rashford: Tyson Fury sends message of support for Man United star
Marcus Rashford was once again sadly the victim of terrible racial abuse.
The Manchester United striker said after the spectacular Europa League final loss to Villarreal – where the Red Devils lost 11-10 on penalties – he had received many racist messages on social media.
Rashford tweeted: “So far there have been at least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts. For those who work to make me feel worse than I already do, good luck giving it a try. “
Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, who is a huge United fan, quickly offered his support to the winger against such horrific behavior.
Fury responded to Rashford’s initial tweet saying, “Keep fighting the good fight @MarcusRashford I’m with you my brother. Racism must [be] eradicated [from] all facets of life and sport. We are going back, never give up #spartan. “
Rashford later revealed a particularly disgusting post he received after the finale, claiming that the racist messages came from a teacher with an open social media profile.
“I am more outraged that one of the abusers who left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM was a math teacher with an open profile,” the 23-year-old wrote on Twitter. “He teaches children !! And knows it. He can freely abuse his race without consequence…”
In a cautious final, Rashford missed a big opportunity to put Man Utd in the lead in the second half, but missed the opportunity.
The game then went on penalties, with goalkeeper David de Gea missing the 22nd free-kick of the evening to confirm Villarreal as the Europa League winner for the first time in its history.
After the game, a spokesperson for Man Utd said: “Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the hatred and online abuse targeting Marcus and other players on social media.
“There is simply no excuse for this and we condemn it wholeheartedly.
“Manchester United have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and we encourage people to report it via manutd.com.
“We also urge social media platforms and regulators to step up measures to prevent this disgusting behavior.”
Fury has long supported Rashford’s work off the pitch – helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds and lobbying the UK government to provide free school meals during the pandemic.
Both athletes were nominated for last year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award – which was ultimately won by Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
In the preparation for the event, Fury believed Rashford deserved to be a knight.
“I think he did a fantastic job,” he told Hits Radio.
“I think they should give him a knight, make him Sir Marcus Rashford. I also think, sports personality of the year. All.
“Fantastic job and credit to him.”