Marcus Rashford has been subjected to further racial abuse on his social media accounts following Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat in Gdansk.
The England striker said he received “at least 70 racial slurs” on social media following United’s penalty shoot-out loss to Villarreal.
This is not the first time Rashford has been the target of social media abuse. In January, Greater Manchester Police investigated the racist remarks sent to the 23-year-old and a number of other players. At the end of April, English football united in a four-day social media boycott to protest inaction against racial abuse on social media.
“Yes, I am a black man and I live proud to be every day,” Rashford wrote after being abused in January. “No one will make me feel different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction you just weren’t going to get it here. ”
Rashford scored his kick in the shootout before David De Gea’s foul – after 21 consecutive successful efforts – handed the trophy to the Spanish club. The United forward said a runners-up medal – his second this season after United finished behind Manchester City in the Premier League – was no consolation.
“In the league, we finished second. The second counts for nothing, ”Rashford told BT Sport. “Manchester City wins the championship, we finish second, that doesn’t mean anything. Villarreal wins the Europa League, we finish second, for us that does not mean anything.
“I don’t want to hear,” they were so close “. It does not mean anything. There is a winner and a loser and today we have lost. We have to find out why and make sure that next time we don’t lose. Despite the disappointment, Rashford insisted United would come back stronger next season.
“The feeling inside is hard to explain because we came here to win,” he said. “We worked so hard all season and it was an opportunity to win a trophy and it didn’t happen for some reason. We have to get rid of the disappointment and after that we have to come back to the game and see what we did wrong and where we can improve.
“All I can say is the team won’t give up, there’s no way this team will give up. The manager will not give up, he will not allow us to give up. We will come next season with a greater desire. We have everything to compete at the highest level. We just have to show it to the world and show it to ourselves.