Marcus Rashford apologized for missing a penalty for England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. He maintained that he “will never apologise for who I am” after he received abuse online. Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka’s social media were flooded with racist abuses. The sorry state of affairs forced the FA to release a statement condemning the behaviour of fans. England boss Gareth Southgate and England captain Harry Kane both slated the online racist comments.
“I can take critique of my performance all day long. My penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.” England forward Marcus Rashford said. “I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I am feeling at this exact time. I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see, and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence. I’ve always backed myself for a penalty, but something didn’t feel quite right.”
“During the long run-up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted. I felt as though I had let my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down.” he added. “A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.”