Marcus Rashford mural graffiti 'not racial', say police

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media captionRashford mural tributes: 'Something beauteous retired of thing negative'

Vandalism that was sprayed connected a mural of Marcus Rashford is "not believed to beryllium of a radical nature", accidental police.

The enactment successful Withington, wherever Rashford grew up, was defaced aft England mislaid successful the Euro 2020 final.

Officers accidental they person respective lines of enquiry and are "keeping an unfastened mind" astir the imaginable motive.

The mural, which was covered successful affirmative messages aft the vandalism, has since been restored by thoroughfare creator Akse.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were examining CCTV from the country and forensic grounds from the spray overgarment used.

No arrests person been made.

A constabulary spokesperson said: "While the contented of the vandalism is not believed to beryllium of a radical nature, officers are keeping an unfastened caput arsenic to the motive down defacing the artwork."

Supt Richard Timson added: "On Monday greeting erstwhile we saw the harm done to the mural successful Withington we were each near appalled, and we basal with the remainder of the assemblage whose solidarity against this vile maltreatment ever since has truly shown the champion of our city."

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image captionHundreds of messages person been near connected the mural

Hundreds of heartfelt notes were placed connected the artwork, which is painted connected the broadside of the Coffee House Cafe connected Copson Street.

The artwork was defaced with respective curse words soon aft Rashford missed a penalty, on with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, successful the 3-2 shootout nonaccomplishment connected Sunday.

All 3 players were besides targeted with racist maltreatment connected societal media pursuing the match.

Greater Manchester Police launched an probe aft it received a study of racially aggravated harm astatine the mural astatine 02:50 BST connected Monday.

Rashford said helium was "lost for words" arsenic hundreds of radical besides gathered for an anti-racism objection astatine the mural connected Tuesday evening.

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image captionThe mural is painted connected the broadside of the Coffee House Cafe connected Copson Street

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