A mural of England and Man City striker Marcus Rashford has been vandalised following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.
With the scoreline locked at 1-1 after extra time in Sunday’s showpiece event, penalties were needed to decide the winner of the European Championship.
Italy won 3-2 on spot-kicks as Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed, with all three players subsequently targets of racial abuse from online trolls.
In addition to the influx of hateful messages on social media, it has also been confirmed that artwork proudly depicting Rashford in Withington, Manchester was defaced after the game.
The Rashford mural was created by street artist Akse in partnership with community project Withington Walls, whose co-founder has expressed his disappointment.
Ed Wellard said of the vandalism that took place in the wake of England’s first major final appearance since 1966:
“I’ve come out to fix what I could immediately and cover up what I couldn’t and hopefully we will get the artist out to come and fix it.
“We dared to dream yesterday and our hopes were dashed but to wake up to this is more depressing. Racism seems to be more and more prevalent.”