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Darlington A Building Dedicated To Arthur Wharton The First Black Professional Footballer Has Been Vandalized

Racist graffiti was sprayed on a foundation dedicated to the first black professional footballer.
On Saturday, anti-immigrant prejudice was visible at the Arthur Wharton Foundation on Widdowfield Street in Darlington, County Durham.
In 1885, Arthur Wharton, a goalkeeper with Darlington Football Club, became the world’s first black professional player.
Afterwards, he was chosen to play for the elite Newcastle and District squad.
The vandalism follows racial insults directed at England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka on social media following their country’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
In what police are investigating as a possible ‘hate crime,’ a homage to Marcus Rashford on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in his hometown of Withington, Manchester, was defaced.
The Arthur Wharton Foundation on Widdowfield Street in Darlington, County Durham, was damaged with terrible hatred, which has now been removed. Before: The mural is dedicated to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, who were bombarded by racist abuse on social media following the Euro 2020 final defeat to France.
Hundreds of individuals have resorted to social media to express their displeasure with the graffiti.
‘The Arthur Wharton Foundation has done much to enhance understanding of the contribution of black footballers throughout our history,’ said Darlington MP Peter Gibson.
‘I am shocked by the destruction, as well as the prejudice that has been daubed on the murals,’ says the artist.
‘Our town is a welcome environment for everyone.’
The perpetrators of this graffiti should be discovered and prosecuted.
When Arthur Wharton (shown above) played goalkeeper for Darlington Football Club in 1885, he became the world’s first black professional player.
Crowds gathered to the Marcus Rashford mural, which was redone after being daubed with ‘racist’ graffiti in the aftermath of his Euro 2020 penalty heartbreak. ‘If you have any information, please call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously,’ a spokesman for Durham Constabulary said.
The investigation is still ongoing.
‘Anyone with information is requested to contact Durham Police on 101, using incident number 129 of July 17.’ Earlier this week, throngs gathered around Rashford’s artwork after it was redone due to ‘racist’ graffiti in the aftermath of his Euro 2020 penalty heartbreak.
‘F**k Sancho,’ another piece of graffiti wrote, referring to Three Lions teammate Sancho, who also missed a penalty during the shoot-out.
Hundreds of nice notes and texts complimenting the England star, using adjectives such as ‘hero,’ ‘inspiration,’ and ‘role model,’ were quickly written to cover up the abuse.
‘I can take or leave football, but I can’t take or leave individuals like you,’ one emotional letter said.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, compassion, and desire to make a difference in many’s lives,’ one person said. ‘Dear Marcus, please know that you are so admired and that people find you an inspiration.’

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