Marcus Rashford: Police continue to look into defacing of mural but content not of ‘racial nature’


Police say the defacing of a Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester is “not believed to be of a racial nature”, however investigations proceed and forensic specialists are trying on the spray paint used within the assault for additional clues.

The art work painted on the aspect of the Espresso Home Cafe on Copson Road in Withington, Rashford’s hometown, was defaced after England misplaced to Italy within the Euro 2020 last on Sunday.

A number of swear phrases have been sprayed onto the mural after Rashford missed a penalty, together with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

All three gamers have additionally been focused with racist abuse on social media.

Rashford had been subjected to racist abuse on-line after lacking a penalty within the recreation

Higher Manchester Police (GMP) stated it’s “holding an open thoughts as to the motive” behind the mural vandalism as officers examine a number of traces of inquiry.

The pressure added it’s working via CCTV from the realm in addition to forensic proof from the spray paint used, with outcomes anticipated within the coming weeks.

No arrests have been made and police are interesting for data.

GMP stated in an announcement: “Whereas the content material of the vandalism isn’t believed to be of a racial nature, officers are holding an open thoughts as to the motive behind defacing the art work.”


Time-lapse footage reveals the transformation of the Rashford mural from earlier than it was vandalised to its restore and redecoration by supporters

Superintendent Richard Timson added: “On Monday morning once we noticed the harm performed to the mural in Withington we have been all left appalled, and we stand with the remainder of the group whose solidarity in opposition to this vile abuse ever since has actually proven the very best of our metropolis.

“The individual answerable for this is aware of who they’re and we consider there can be others who additionally suspect the identification of this offender, and I subsequently urge anybody with such data to get in contact to assist progress our enquiries at pace.”

Because the mural was vandalised, tons of of messages of help have been positioned by the art work, which was additionally restored by road artist Akse.

Higher Manchester Police launched an investigation after it obtained a report of racially aggravated harm on the mural at 2.50am on Monday.

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Crowds later gathered for an anti-racism demonstration on Tuesday night.

Rashford stated he was “misplaced for phrases” as he thanked folks for his or her messages of help.

The Nationwide Police Chief’s Council revealed on Thursday {that a} devoted police unit is working via a major variety of studies of racist abuse directed at footballers on social media.

Up to now 5 folks have been arrested through the investigations.

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