Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford apologized to England fans on his Twitter page after he missed his penalty shootout at the Euro championship final against Italy. The English forward promised to return stronger.
The 23-year-old received racial abuse comments on social media following his penalty shootout miss. Even his mural at Manchester was defaced with offensive paintings.
In expressing his sincerest apology, Rashford said, “all I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.”
Also, Marcus extended his appreciation to people from Withington who encouraged him with overwhelming messages.
His Letter Reads.
I don’t even know where to start from and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time. I’ve had difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with lack of confidence.
I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up, I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.
I felt as though I had left my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not this one?
It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball from and there’s probability not a word quite to describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.
Whilst I continue to say sorry, I want to shout out my teammates. This summer has been has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you have all played a role in that.
A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine. I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself.
Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time on the pitch. I can take critique of my performance all day along, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologize for who I am and where I came from.
I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this. The messages I’ve received today had been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Witington had me on the verge of tears.
The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I’m Marcus Rashford, a 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. if I have nothing else, I have that.
In concluding he said, “for all kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We will be back stronger.”
Marcus Rashford was among the three black English players who missed their penalty shootouts against Italy at the Euro finals. It was such a devastating day for the three kids but some white English supporters did not take it lightly and decided to attack them with racial abuse comments.
This sad behavior was condemned by Prince George Williams and many other dignitaries of the United Kingdom.