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Marcus Rashford Denies That His Crusade For School Meals Has Benefited Him Financially

Marcus Rashford defended his charitable endeavors and questioned why sportsmen ‘can’t just do the right thing’ for charity.
The Manchester United striker, 23, stated on Twitter on Tuesday that political magazine The Spectator is planning to publish a piece alleging that his campaigning has benefited him financially.
Rashford has endorsed a number of kid food poverty initiatives and became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by earning PS20 million in retail contributions for charities fighting the problem.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the England player also prompted a series of government U-turns on free school meals.
‘Just heard @spectator are intending to print a article on me tomorrow about how I have benefitted commercially in the last 18 months,’ the Manchester United forward, 23, said on Twitter Tuesday.
‘To be clear, I don’t need to work with brands.’
I partner because I want to further the work I do off the pitch, and the majority of any income I receive will go towards that.
‘Last summer, 1.3 million children received food assistance; as a result of my partnership with Burberry, children now have a secure place to go after school where they will be nourished; as a result of the November investment, vulnerable children now have safe places to go this summer holiday; and as a result of my partnership with Macmillan, 80,000 children now have their own book.’
‘Do I now have a greater commercial appeal as a result of the u-turns?
I’m certain.
Yet, I’m also a Manchester United and England footballer.
Why is it that there needs to be a reason for everything?
Why can’t we just do what is right?
‘I enjoy reading parts from The Spectator now and then, but this is just a no-no.’ Rashford’s Burberry collaboration saw the fashion house donate to a variety of youth organizations and clubs, including London Youth and Norbrook Youth Club in Manchester, which he frequented as a child.
He had previously started a petition requesting the government to extend free school lunches through the half-term and Christmas vacations, ultimately pressuring ministers to provide PS170 million in additional cash.
Rashford, who got free school meals as a child, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was postponed until 2020.
After missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, he was the focus of racist online abuse.
A mural featuring his face in Withington, Manchester, was similarly defaced with obscene graffiti.

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