Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has called out politics magazine The Spectator for a soon to be published “none starter” story on him.
Rashford has been a shining light for Man United for the past few years on the pitch. Last season he was involved in 20 goals from his 37 outings in the Premier League.
But his impact has been spread wider than football, as he has made a huge difference to the lives of young people around the UK.
He has been an advocate for the black lives matter movement and he has successfully campaigned for free school meals for children across the country.
The Spectator will soon publish a story on Rashford, claiming that he has “benefitted commercially in the last 18 months”. The forward has taken to Twitter to refute these claims:
“Just heard The Spectator are planning to run a story on me tomorrow about how I have benefitted commercially in the last 18 months…To clarify, I don’t need to partner with brands. I partner because I want to progress the work I do off the pitch.
“Most of any fee I would receive contributes to that. Last summer, 1.3M children had access to food support, through my relationship with Burberry children have a safe place to be after school where they will be fed, following the November investment…
“Vulnerable children have safe places to go this summer holiday, and due to my relationship with Macmillan 80,000 children now have a book to call their own.
“Do I have a larger commercial appeal following the u-turns? I’m sure.
“But I’m also a Manchester United and England international footballer. Why has there always got to be a motive? Why can’t we just do the right thing?
“Ps I actually enjoy reading bits from The Spectator now and again but this is just a none starter… Have a good night all!”
“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens.”