The wall in Marcus Rashford’s birthplace of Withington was damaged after England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday; various swear words were sprayed onto the mural after Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties. Marcus Rashford: Police continue to examine into defacing of mural but content is not of ‘racist nature’
After England’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, the artwork painted on the side of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street in Withington, Rashford’s hometown, was destroyed.
When Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed a penalty, several harsh words were sprayed onto the artwork.
Racist abuse has been directed to all three players on social media.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it is “keeping an open mind while to the purpose” behind the mural vandalism as investigators explore multiple lines of enquiry. Rashford had been subjected to racial abuse online after missing a penalty in the game.
The police force also stated that it is investigating the incident using surveillance footage from the area as well as forensic evidence from the spray paint used, with results due in the coming weeks.
There have been no arrests, and police are seeking information.
“Although the vandalism is not considered to be of a racial nature, we are keeping an open mind as to the purpose behind defacing the artwork,” GMP said in a statement. 0:29 Time-lapse film shows the development of the Rashford painting from before it was vandalized to its restoration and redecoration by supporters Superintendent Richard Timson added: “On Monday morning when we noticed th
“We believe there will be others who suspect the identity of this perpetrator, and I therefore ask anyone with such information to get in touch to help us forward our investigations as quickly as possible.” Since the painting was vandalized, hundreds of words of support have been left near the artwork, which was also rebuilt by street artist Akse.
Around 2.50 a.m. on Monday, Greater Manchester Police opened an investigation after receiving a report of racially aggravated damage to the mural.
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As he thanked individuals for their expressions of support, Rashford claimed he was “lost for words.”
On Thursday, the National Police Chiefs Council announced that a special police unit is investigating a large number of allegations of racist abuse directed against footballers on social media.
During the inquiry, five persons have been arrested so far.
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