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Euro 2020

14th Jul 2021

People take knee at vigil outside Rashford mural in Manchester

Charlie Herbert

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.”

In a powerful moment, the hundreds of supporters all took the knee in a showing of solidarity with Rashford.

The mural has now been repaired by its creator, with the messages of support remaining for all to see.