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Euro 2020: Marcus Rashford finds support from Football, Cricket fraternity after penalty miss

Rashford along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the three players to miss their kicks in the shootout

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Ace English footballer Marcus Rashford was subjected to sickening racial abuse on social media after he missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Rashford along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the three players to miss their kicks in the shootout, which Italy won 3-2. The star England striker shared an emotional note on Twitter and apologised for his penalty miss.

“My penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I come from,” said Rashford

Rashford and Sancho were brought by England manager Gareth Southgate in the final moments of the match, specifically for penalties. However, the move backfired as both missed their shots.

“A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels,” wrote Rashford.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish I had gone differently,” he added.

Post the loss, some of the fans went berserk and started abusing the three players for their miss. Amidst the outrage, Rashford and other footballers who were abused found support from all corners of the globe. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lauded the team for their effort and said that players deserved to be called heroes, not racially abused.

England captain Harry Kane also backed his players and slammed the trollers by saying that people who abuse their own players are not true fans.

English Football Association, UEFA European Football Championship, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Prince William, who is also the president of the English Football Association also condemned the racist abuse of England players on social media.

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