Rashford suffers racial abuse after Man Utd Europa defeat

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Marcus Rashford says he was racially abused on following Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final.

The 23-year-old, who has previously been a victim online attacks, said he had received “at least 70 racial slurs” following United’s penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in Gdansk on Wednesday.

United, who lost 11-10 on penalties, later tweeted to say their players had been subjected to “disgraceful racist abuse”.

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

“I’m more outraged that one 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…”

Last month English football, along with other sporting bodies, united for a four-day boycott to urge the companies to take a stronger stance over racial abuse.

Speaking before the latest incidents abuse, England boss Gareth Southgate praised the job players had done in highlighting the issue.

“I do think there has been progress over the last year on the issue racism because is just in general a reflection of what happens through society,” he told the BBC.

“But the reality is if it wasn’t these situations are happening on our streets at certain times.

“(The players) have used their voice in a very positive manner, in particularly the last 12 months. We have to keep fighting racism.”