People take knee at vigil outside Rashford mural in Manchester
The England forward said that he was "lost for words"
Demonstrators who turned out in their numbers at a mural of Marcus Rashford all took the knee in a show of support of the Manchester United player.
The mural was defaced after Rashford missed a penalty for England in their penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, with the 23-year-old also suffering a torrent of racist abuse on his social media accounts along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
On Tuesday, a vigil took place at the mural in Withington, South Manchester, as hundreds showed solidarity with Rashford.
The abuse that had been painted on the artwork was initially covered him with messages of love and support for Rashford, in a spontaneous show of unity for the player who has done so much work off the pitch in recent years.
After seeing pictures of the demonstration and the messages of support and thanks plastered across the wall, the forward tweeted: "Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words."
Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words ♥️🏴 pic.twitter.com/PXC5H2GDtB
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 13, 2021
In a powerful moment, the hundreds of supporters all took the knee in a showing of solidarity with Rashford.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Marcus Rashford mural for a peaceful anti-racism demonstration.
Members of the community addressed the 700-strong crowd, as people took the knee in solidarity. https://t.co/dCVKXHFOGt pic.twitter.com/mCg9B6tbUo
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) July 13, 2021
The mural has now been repaired by its creator, with the messages of support remaining for all to see.