People continue to leave messages of support at the vandalised mural of Marcus Rashford – which today has been restored by street artist Akse, who created the portrait.
The artwork in Withington, Manchester, was defaced with several swear words shortly after Rashford missed a penalty, along with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, in England’s 3-2 penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
All three players have been targeted with racist abuse since the final on social media as well as the mural being defaced.
The 23-year-old said on Twitter that he was “on the verge of tears” when he saw the mural had been covered in supportive messages, adding: “The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.”
The mural, based on a photograph by Daniel Cheetham, is painted on the side of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street in Withington.
Our editor Bob Alston was down at the site today to see the repairs taking place. He said: “There is no place for racism in my world. Respect your equals no matter what. It was very moving to see all the messages of support on the wall and nice to see the artist Akse working his magic again putting things right – well done to him.”
Greater Manchester Police said an investigation had begun after it received a report of racially aggravated damage at the site at 02:50 BST on Monday.
Photos by Bob Alston