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Man City and Man United have come together to donate £100k to food banks

What a brilliant gesture!

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Manchester’s two biggest football teams have put aside their rivalry and come together to raise money for those who need it.

Football is currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and City and United have been using the time to do some good in the community.

The two clubs are donating £100,000 to food banks in Manchester – which are under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak – to help vulnerable people in these incredibly difficult times.


Manchester City and Manchester United said in a joint statement: “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus.

“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

Each club is donating £50,000 to the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of over 1,200 food banks in the UK, with 19 around Greater Manchester.


Rachel Macklin, the Trussell Trust’s senior operations manager, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network.

“This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating.”

If you’d like to get involved, both Man City and Man United fan groups are still fundraising donations for food banks – or you can head to the Trussell Trust directly here.

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Marcus Rashford says England players will continue to take the knee despite booing

Some fans booed the team before yesterday’s friendly

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Marcus Rashford has announced that England players will continue to take the knee throughout the Euros tournament, despite a number of fans booing them for doing so during last night’s friendly. 

England beat Romania at Middlesborough’s Riverside Stadium last night in preparation for the upcoming Euros, where twenty-three year old Rashford scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

However, England’s victory was tarnished from the get-go when a number of fans were heard booing as the players took the knee in a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before the match.

Following the match, Rashford, who was captaining England for the first time, spoke out and stressed that, despite the backlash, he and the other players will continue taking the knee throughout the Euros.

He told ITV News after the match: “For us, we believe it’s the right thing to do, so we’re going to continue to do that.”

This comes just over a week after he opened up about the ‘mountain’ of racist abuse he received from fans following Man United’s Europa League loss to Villarreal.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far. For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying.”

In a subsequent tweet, he revealed one of his abusers appeared to be a teacher.

The footballer said: “I’m more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile. He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence…”

The striker, who received criticism for his overall performance in the match, also shared a reply from one user who said of the racist abuse: “You deserve it man you are awful” – replying with a thumbs-up emoji.

Rashford received nation-wide praise last year when he began campaigning to end child poverty and hunger – his work for the provision of free school meals in the UK during holidays and other support to low-income families prompted major changes in government policy.

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Marcus Rashford hit with ‘mountain’ of vile racist abuse after Man United’s Europa League final defeat

This comes after Man United’s loss to Villarreal

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Marcus Rashford revealed he was hit with a torrent of vile racist abuse following Manchester United’s Europa League final loss to Villarreal last night.

The striker, who has spent the last year campaigning tirelessly to end child poverty and hunger, took to Twitter to say that he had been sent dozens of racist messages via his social media accounts.

He wrote: “At least 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted so far.

“For those working to make me feel any worse than I already do, good luck trying.”

In a subsequent tweet, he revealed one of his abusers appeared to be a teacher.

The footballer said: “I’m more outraged that one of the abusers that left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a maths teacher with an open profile. He teaches children!! And knows that he can freely racially abuse without consequence…”

Rashford, who scored his penalty in the shootout but received criticism for his overall performance, also shared a reply from one user who said of the racist abuse: “You deserve it man you are awful” – replying with a thumbs-up emoji.

Manchester United responded to the incident, tweeting: “Following the [Europa League] final, our players were subjected to disgraceful racist abuse.

“If you see any form of abuse or discrimination, act and report it.”

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Manchester United resign from European Club Association amid Super League controversy

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Manchester United have quit the European Club Association, according to reports this morning.

On top of that, Ed Woodward has also stepped down from his UEFA role, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The news comes amid the club’s controversial involvement with the proposed European Super League, with reports of the breakaway competition breaking last night.

Back in 2017 Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was appointed as an ECA representative on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.

According to the club, Joel Glazer –  part of the Glazer family which owns Manchester United – will be one of the vice-chairmen of the Super League.

According to Sky in Italy, it’s been confirmed that Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have also left the ECA.

Man United’s plan to join the Super League has already been condemned by Sir Alex Ferguson and United legend Gary Neville.

The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust has spoken out about the club’s decision to join the Super League.

The statement, released last night, says: “These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.

“A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

”To bring forward these proposals without any fan consultation, and in the midst of a global pandemic when people should be pulling together not serving their own selfish interests, just adds insult to injury.

“When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed. To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for.

“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”

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