Hundreds of anti-racism protesters take the knee at Marcus Rashford mural in Withington

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Hundreds of protesters take the knee at Marcus Rashford mural (PA)
Hundreds of protesters take the knee at Marcus Rashford mural (PA)

Hundreds of anti-racism protesters took the knee in front of the Marcus Rashford mural on Tuesday.

The black and white painting in Withington was defaced with racist graffiti after the Manchester United forward missed a penalty during England’s Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

Dozens of messages of support were placed on the mural to cover the abuse before it was restored by street artist Akse.

The crowds, which gathered from 6pm on Tuesday, held up placards and chanted ‘Black Lives Matter’. (PA)
The crowds, which gathered from 6pm on Tuesday, held up placards and chanted ‘Black Lives Matter’. (PA)

Rashford tweeted that he was “overwhelmed” and “lost for words” at the gathering at 6pm.

Dozens of people held up placards and chanted 'Black Lives Matter'.

Stand Up to Racism handed out posters to the hundreds of people who went to show their support.

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Rashford received an outpouring of support following the racist abuse he and England teammates suffered after the Euro 2020 final.

The striker, 23, wrote a heartfelt social media post following the team’s loss to Italy.

England missed three of their five penalties. Rashford hitting the post and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saving Jadon Sancho and 19-year-old Bukayo Saka's efforts.

Rashford said he felt like he had “let everyone down” by missing the spot kick.

But he also hit back at the racist abuse he and teammates Sancho and Saka received, saying: “I will never apologise for who I am.”

Scores of stars also messaged words of support — including England footballers Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson as well as Rio Ferdinand, Mason Greenwood and Stan Collymore.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, models Bella Hadid, Cara Delevigne and singer Anne Marie were also among the stars who showed their support.

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Rashford’s club Manchester United tweeted that “love always wins” after his mural was restored.

Withington Walls co-founder Ed Wellard, who commissioned the artwork, said the people responsible should be educated.

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Earlier this week Rashford thanked fans for their support.

He said: “The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 years old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

“If I have nothing else, I have that. For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

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