Football: 'At least 70 racial slurs' - Marcus Rashford subjected to online abuse after Europa League final defeat

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New Delhi, India Updated: May 27, 2021, 01:50 PM(IST)

Football: 'At least 70 racial slurs' - Marcus Rashford subjected to online abuse after Europa League final defeat Photograph:( AFP )

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford on Thursday was left frustrated as he revealed that he has been subjected to racial abuse on social media following Manchester United’s 11-10 defeat (in penalty shootout) to Villarreal in the final of UEFA Europa League in Poland.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford on Thursday was left frustrated as he revealed that he has been subjected to racial abuse on social media following Manchester United’s 11-10 defeat (in penalty shootout) to Villarreal in the final of UEFA Europa League in Poland.

Rashford missed one of the easiest chances for Manchester United and also got another couple of good chances to give the Red Devils an advantage in the game. However, with Manchester United ending up losing the match, Rashford was flooded with racial abuses on social media.

The England international took to social media platform Twitter to express his disappointment as he said he received at least 70 racial slurs. He added that one of the fans who racially abused him was a mathematics teacher.

"At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far. For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying," tweeted Rashford.

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In another tweet, Rashford said, "I'm more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile."

"He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence," he added.

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Rashford has been one of the vocal voices who have called out social media giants to take stringent steps to stop online hate and racial discrimination.

After Rashford's tweet, Manchester United also released a statement condemning the racial abuse.

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"Following the Europa League final, our players were subjected to disgraceful racist abuse. If you see any form of abuse or discrimination, act and report it," United's official handle tweeted.

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea missed the 22 nd kick of the penalty shootout as Villarreal won it 11-10 to lift their first major European title.

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