The words “We are not with the 3 Black Lions” have been added below the player jersey numbers painted on the white wall of the Arthur Wharton Foundation in Darlington.
Other racist graffiti was written next to a painting of the English football badge. “If the current rate of non-white immigration continues, white Britons will be in the minority by 2060,” one read. The hashtag “wake up” has been added.
Darlington MP Peter Gibson condemned the graffiti – which has since been removed – and called for those responsible to be “identified and punished”.
He said: “The Arthur Wharton Foundation has done a lot to promote understanding of the contribution of black footballers throughout our history.
“I am appalled by the vandalism and racism that has been painted on the murals. Our city is a place of welcome open to all. “
The Arthur Wharton Foundation, created in 2010, unveiled the tribute to the three English players on Wednesday.
Wharton, the son of a Grenadian-Scottish father and Ghanaian mother, began his career at Darlington in 1885 and played for big clubs Sheffield United, Rotherham and Preston North End for a 17-year career. He also played professional cricket and set the world record for the 100-meter sprint in 1886.
“Overnight, a racist coward decided to spread hatred,” the group tweeted. “We condemn this racism and we stand in solidarity with the Arthur Wharton Foundation. We are the majority and cowardly racists are not welcome. “
Durham Police said they were investigating damage to the mural, which allegedly occurred overnight Friday.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, citing incident reference 129 of July 17.