England striker Marcus Rashford has said sorry for his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 shootout defeat by Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday but added he “will never apologise for who I am” after being among three players to suffer racist abuse.
Substitutes Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed spot-kicks in the 3-2 shootout loss and were targeted on social media while a mural in Rashford’s home town of Withington was defaced before it was covered in messages of support.
The racist abuse prompted a police investigation and wide condemnation from England’s captain, manager, royalty, religious leaders and politicians.
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“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,” the…