Marcus Rashford of England and Manchester United apologised for missing a penalty shootout but said he “will never apologise for who I am” after being one of three players targeted by racist abuse following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all failed to convert their spot-kicks. Following the game, all three were singled out on social media. In a statement, Rashford said, “I felt like I’d let everyone down.”
“I can take criticism all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in,” the 23-year-old continued, “but I will never apologize for who I am and where I came from.”
“I’ve never felt more proud than when I wore those three lions on my chest and saw my family cheering me on in front of tens of thousands of people.”
Source: BBC Sport