A giant mural has been unveiled by sports publishers, LadBible in support of England stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after the trio were racially abused following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.
Some English fans blamed the three black footballers after they all missed their spot kick and England lost the finals 3-2 on penalties.
After the game, some fans took to social media that racially abuse the trio.
As if the racial abuse was not enough, a mural of Rashford in his home town of Withington was also defaced in a ‘racially aggravated’ act of vandalism.
In order to support the three players, sports social media publisher SPORTbible on Tuesday July 13, launched a giant digital billboard of the three players wearing crowns with the strapline ‘never apologise for who you are’.
The move comes after Rashford apologised for his penalty miss but said he ‘will never apologise for who I am’ following the game.
The Manchester United forward, who was left visibly distraught after his penalty hit the post, also paid tribute to his supportive teammates and vowed to ‘come back stronger’ after the heartbreaking finale to Euro 2020.
England has gone 55 years now without a major trophy and had hoped the jinx was broken when left back, Luke Shaw gave the Three Lions an early lead in the final.
But a Leonardo Bonucci equalizer forced the final into extra time and later penalties.
Three successive misses from Rashford, Sancho and Saka gave Italy their first major trophy since winning the world cup in 2006.