Manchester anti-racism protest in support of Rashford, Sancho and Saka

Anti-racism protesters marched in Manchester on Saturday to show support to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after the England players suffered racist abuse online and the Rashford mural in Withington was vandalised.

Nearly a hundred protesters and drummers took to the streets from St Peter’s Square to the National Football Museum in the scorching heat, organised by Stand Up To Racism Manchester.

“This is not just about football, this is about racism within the wider society,” said Nahella Ashraffrom Stand Up To Racism to the crowd after they had taken the knee in solidarity by the National Football Museum.

The mural of Marcus Rashford was flooded with heartfelt messages from Mancunians in response to the vandalism and online abuse following the England-Italy Euro football game.

A team of archivists will preserve the messages ahead of wet weather this week.

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