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Marcus Rashford: “I will never apologise for who I am, where I came from”

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has apologized for his poorly taken spotkick against Italy in the EURO 2020 final, but says “I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.”

Rashford alongside his new clubmate Jadon Sancho and Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka have been subjected to racist abuse online. The three came off the bench and missed crucial penalties which saw England fail to win their first ever major trophy in 55 years.

As a result, the 23-year-old speedy winger took to his twitter account and issued an apology to his teammates and the whole nation.

“I felt as though I had let my team-mates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently,” Rashford said.

Rashford whose mural in the Manchester suburb of Withington was defaced after his penalty miss before being covered in messages of support, promised to always be proud of himself.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologize for who I am and where I came from,” Rashford said.

Here, you can read Rashford’s passionate and emotional words in full…

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time. I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence. I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted. 

“I felt as though I had let my team-mates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. 

“I wish it had of gone differently. Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my team-mates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that. A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine. “I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself. Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch. I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from. 

“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this. 

“The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears. The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-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 strong. We’ll be back stronger.”

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