Police have revealed that the defacing of the Marcus Rashford mural is not of a racist nature. There are ongoing investigations into the spray paint used for further clues. The artwork in Rashford’s hometown was defaced after England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. There were several swear words sprayed on the mural after Rashford missed a penalty along with his teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho. The same three players were targeted with racist abuses on their social media accounts.
The Greater Manchester Police revealed that they will follow different lines of inquiry behind the vandalism of the mural. They insisted that they will be “keeping an open mind as to the motive”. The police have made an appeal for information on the perpetrators. No arrests have been made thus far. Police are looking into CCTV footage from the area as well as bringing in experts to check out forensic evidence from the spray paint used.
”While the content of the vandalism is not believed to be of a racial nature, officers are keeping an open mind as to the motive behind defacing the artwork.” the Police said in a statement regarding the vandalism of the Marcus Rashford mural.
“On Monday morning when we saw the damage done to the mural in Withington we were all left appalled, and we stand with the rest of the community whose solidarity against this vile abuse ever since has really shown the best of our city.” Superintendent Richard Timson said. “The person responsible for this knows who they are and we believe there will be others who also suspect the identity of this offender, and I, therefore, urge anyone with such information to get in touch to help progress our inquiries at speed.”