Marcus Rashford and his teammate Jesse Lingard both revealed their opposition to antisemitism after the duo was pictured with rapper Wiley. The picture was taken when the grime artist was performing in Dubai where a number of Premier League footballers are currently on holiday during the winter break. Wiley was dropped by his label when he posted a number of antisemitic comments on social media in 2020.
“This picture has been brought to my attention which I understand now, given context, could easily be misconstrued,” Rashford posted on Instagram. “I would like to reinforce that I do not and will not condone discriminative language or behavior of any kind aimed at the Jewish community or any other community. I truly believe that tackling antisemitism in and outside of the game requires a greater level of attention and should very much form part of the game’s anti-racism stance.”
“I’ve been made aware of a photo circulating currently, that can easily be misconstrued,” Jesse Lingard wrote on Twitter echoing the sentiments of his teammate Marcus Rashford. “I want to make it clear that I do not condone any form of racism whatsoever!”