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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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Man City stars Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte test positive for coronavirus

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Two Manchester City players have tested positive for coronavirus.

The club confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte tested positive, although neither are showing symptoms.

According to City, the pair are now undergoing a period of self-isolation in accordance with official guidance.

City released a statement: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus.

“Everyone at the Club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”

While the Premier League returns this weekend, Pep’s side aren’t in action until September 21st, where they face Wolves away.

This news means the two player’s involvement in that game is now in some doubt.

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