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MARCOS RASHFORD: I WILL NEVER APOLOGISE FOR WHO I AM

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Marcus Rashford has apologized for missing a penalty shootout but said he “would never apologize for who I am” after being one of three players targeted by racist abuse following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.

Following their penalty shootout failures, Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka’s social media accounts were inundated with racist remarks, prompting the FA to issue a statement denouncing the “disgusting behavior.”

Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, also denounced the abuse, calling it “antithetical” to the national team’s ideals and the squad’s “togetherness.”

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Rashford, 23, wrote in a moving message on Twitter on Monday evening: “I could listen to criticism of my performance all day. My punishment should have gone in, but I will never apologize for who I am or where I come from.”

Rashford also praised his England teammates – with whom he has created a “unbreakable relationship” – as well as the numerous supporters who have expressed their support.

After being taken off the bench in extra time, Rashford apologised for his penalty, which came back off the post.

“I don’t even know where to begin and I don’t even know how to put into words how I am feeling right now,” the Manchester United striker stated.

“It’s been a challenging season for me, as everyone can see, and I definitely went into that final with a lack of confidence.” I’ve always expected a penalty, but something didn’t feel quite right this time.

“All I was expected to do for the squad was score a penalty.” Why not that one? I can score penalties in my sleep.

“It’s been repeating over and over in my brain since I hit the ball, and there’s probably no way to put into words how it feels.” Final. 55 years old. Just one penalty. History. All I have to say is that I’m sorry. “I wish things had turned out differently.”

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