Forward says he faced “at least 700 ethnic problems” on social media after hurting Villarreal in Gdansk.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has said on social media that he faces “at least 700 ethnic problems” after losing to Villarreal in the Europa League final in Gdansk.
Villarreal won the trophy 11-10 for the first time on penalties, drawing 1-1 in extra time in the final on Wednesday.
“At least 700 ethnic slurs have been counted on my social account so far,” Rashford tweeted, less than 90 minutes after the game ended. “For those who work, trying to make me feel better than I did before, good luck.”
Rushford said he was “outraged” that he had been sent a “mountain of monkey emojis” in a message from a person who identified him as a teacher.
I’m more angry that one of the abusers left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a math teacher with an open profile. He teaches children! And know that he can abuse racially without being free …
– Marcus Rashford MBE (arMarcusRashford) May 2, 2021
A Manchester United spokesman said in a statement on Thursday morning that the club had “disliked Marcus Rashtford and other players on social media due to online hatred and abuse after last night’s game”.
“There is no excuse for this and we strongly condemn it,” the statement said.
“Manchester United has zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and we encourage people to report through manutd.com.
“We also urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to curb this heinous behavior.”
In January, United Kingdom police conducted an investigation into the misuse of the number of United players on social media. Rushford and two teammates said they were targeted.
“Yes I am a black man and I am proud every day that I am proud,” he wrote at the time. “No one, or anyone commenting, is going to make me feel any different. Sorry if you were looking for a tough response, you just won’t get here.”
A football English football club and players boycotted social media for four days in April and May to protest against ethnic violence and demand further action from companies operating the platforms.
Figures from other sports, including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and the International Tennis Federation, also joined the boycott.