Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

Marcus Rashford calls racial abuse against him ‘humanity at its worst’

Marcus Rashford calls racial abuse against him ‘humanity at its worst’

Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford says he was subjected to "humanity and social media at its worst" after receiving racist abuse on Saturday.

The son of Britain's heir to the throne, Prince Charles, said the racist insults - whether on the stadium, in the stands or on social media - are despicable and should stop immediately.

In a string of tweets to demanded people attempting to spread "hate and division" be made accountable for their actions.

The Duke of Cambridge condemned the racist messages and praised the players for speaking out.

They continued: "That responsibility extends to the platforms where so much of this activity now takes place". I congratulate all those players, fans, clubs and organizations that continue to denounce and condemning this abuse in the strongest terms.

"I'm not sharing screenshots", he said. "Lovely colours that should only be celebrated".

"Yes I'm a black man and I live every day proud that I am", he wrote.

"We are united with all of football in our abhorrence of any racist abuse".

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Reece James posted screenshots of abuse he received on Instagram, with the Blues subsequently releasing a statement condemning the attacks.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford is the latest football star to be targeted by racist abuse online
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford is the latest football star to be targeted by racist abuse online

"This way of discrimination on social media, we can't do a lot can we?" he said on Monday at a pre-match press conference.

Some reports also claimed Tuanzebe deleted his Twitter account as a result of the abuse he received following the defeat by the Blades, while Martial was also subjected to abuse after playing the whole game at OId Trafford, leading United to call for social media sites to eradicate abuse posted by "anonymous mindless idiots".

Rashford was then abused following his side's 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday with users posting monkey emojis while one told him to "go back to the zoo".

Both players and clubs have urged social media companies to do more in fighting racism on their platforms - a problem highlighted yet again by the recent spate of incidents.

The Red Devils' forward became a target on social media after his team lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at the Old Trafford in the Premier League last Wednesday.

"These hateful phrases don't have any place anyplace in our society whether or not on-line or in any other case". "So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you're just simply not going to get it here", he tweeted.

Police also arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of racially abusing West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers on Friday.

Greater Manchester Police have opened an investigation after several Manchester United players were racially abused on social media in the past week.


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