Euro 2020: People visiting Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester criticise govt response to racism following England game

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It's quite a heart-warming sight when people walk around the corner and see the Marcus Rashford mural for the first time, covered in thousands of notes and pictures left by supporters from across the country.

Many people are emotional, some shed tears, many smile, and others stand in awe at what really is a spectacle that has been the focal point of this "culture war" of the past few days.

There was a steady flow of people visiting the mural in Manchester on Tuesday - from children heading to school in the morning, to road workers and binmen stopping to read just some of the tributes and messages of support taped on the wall.

Many came with different views, but the outpour of unity, solace, and love for Marcus Rashford and his England teammates was clear to see.

Sky News spoke to a few of those who came from across the country just to see the mural and leave their own messages of support, with many reacting to the government's stance on the players taking the knee and the anti-racism symbol being called "gesture politics".

The comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs that football banning orders will be changed to cover online racism in the wake of the latest wave of abuse, saying the change will mean "if you are guilty of racist abuse online of footballers then you will not be going to the match".

'Change needs to come from the top - not the bottom'

'The government is acting like racism isn't real'

'I was really hurt, but we've still come together'

'Racism is a huge issue - that's why players take the knee'

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