Marcus Rashford denies he profited by campaigning for free school meals

The English footballer succeeded in a story planned in the Spectator (Image: AP/PA)

Marcus Rashford was flooded with messages of support after it was announced that The Spectator was set to run a story about him profiting commercially from his campaign.

The England star, 23, questioned why footballers ‘couldn’t do the right thing’ to charity and defended his off-field partnership with brands.

Rashford tweeted on Tuesday night that the political magazine would publish a story showing he had ‘commercially profited’ from his campaign.

He has supported a number of policies that promote food poverty for children and became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Donations List by donating £20 million from supermarkets to local causes. group to deal with this problem.

The list says he has donated 125% of his fortune to food poverty and community initiatives – far ahead of the other names on the list.

The Manchester United forward has forced a host of Governments to turn away from free school meals during the Covid crisis.

He tweeted a thread saying: ‘I just heard @spectator is planning to write a story about me tomorrow about how I have profited commercially over the last 18 months.

Rashford has pre-tweeted about Spectator
Full thread on Tuesday night
The England striker missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Italy at the Euro 2020 final (Image: Reuters)

‘To clarify, I don’t need to partner with brands. I cooperate because I want to improve the work I do off the pitch and almost every fee I receive goes towards that.

‘Last summer, 1.3 million children were on food assistance, through my relationship with Burberry, children have a safe place to go after school where they will be fed, after school. invest in November, vulnerable children have a safe place to go this summer, and my relationship with Macmillan, 80,000 children now has a book to call their own. ‘

He continued: ‘Do I have greater commercial appeal after the turns? I’m sure. But I am also an international footballer for Manchester United and England. Why is there always an engine? Why can’t we do the right thing?

‘I’ve really enjoyed reading bits from The Spectator now and again but this is just the part that doesn’t begin.’

His tweets received widespread support online, with many postings on The Spectator, and questioning the Conservative magazine’s record on racism.

The magazine has yet to publish a story.

A mural of the England footballer was flooded with messages of support after it was blurred out (Image: REX)
Rashford tops a prestigious Giving List (Image: The Sunday Times)

It comes after Rashford faced racial abuse alongside Jaydon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who both missed penalties for England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

A mural of Rashford was demolished but was later flooded with messages of support for the famous footballer.

His partnership with Burberry has seen the fashion company raise a number of funds for youth charities and youth clubs, including London Youth and Norbrook Youth Club. in Manchester, where Rashford attended school as a child.

He had previously launched a petition urging the Government to extend free school meals for half of the semester and the Christmas break, ultimately pressuring ministers to provide an additional 170 million pounds.

Rashford, who personally received free school meals, was placed in an MBE on the delayed 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Following his tweet on Tuesday night, Labor MP Zarah Sultana wrote: ‘The Spectator looks set to run a hit against Marcus Rashford.

This magazine published articles saying that blacks had lower IQs, that there was “nearly enough Islamophobia in the Tory Party” and defending Greek neo-Nazis.

“They’re not suitable for licking his boots.”

Manchester’s Labor Mayor Andy Burnham also tweeted his support.

His Westminster colleague MP Jess Phillips added: ‘The backlash is always coming. Marcus Rashford did nothing wrong but he doesn’t have to be perfect to do good.

‘This kind of attack always goes to people trying to change and being kind, it’s to try and get others not to do it. “

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