Europa League: Marcus Rashford faces ‘70 racist slurs’ on social media
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford said on Thursday he faced “at least 70 racial slurs” on social media after his team’s loss in sudden-death to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Villarreal won their first major trophy 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw following extra-time in Wednesday’s final.
At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far. For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying 👍🏾— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) May 26, 2021
“At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far,” Rashford wrote on Twitter less than 90 minutes after the game finished.
“For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying.” Rashford added that he was “outraged” that he was sent “a mountain of monkey emojis” in a message from a person using a profile which identified them as a teacher.
In January, police in Britain investigated abuse on social media aimed at a number of United players. Rashford and two teammates said they had been targeted.
“Yes I’m a Black man and I live every day proud that I am,” he wrote at the time.
“No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.”
English football clubs and players boycotted social media for four days in April and May to protest against racist abuse and push for more action from the companies which run the platforms.