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Rashford defends charity partnershi­ps over profit claims

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LONDON: Marcusrash­fordhasdef­endedhisof­f-field partnershi­ps and questioned why footballer­s ‘can’t just do the right thing’ for charity ater learning of claims that he has profited from his campaignin­g.

The Manchester United and England forward, 23, said on Twiter that British political magazine The Spectator was set to run a story suggesting he has ‘benefited commercial­ly’ from his work.

Rashford has backed a number of child food poverty initiative­s, forcing government U-turns over free school meals during the coronaviru­s pandemic.

He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by helping raise £20 million ($27 million) for groups tackling the issue.

“Just heard @spectator are planning to run a story on me tomorrow about how I have benefited commercial­ly in the last 18 months,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

“To clarify, I don’t need to partner with brands. I partner because I want to progress the work I do off the pitch and 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 ater 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?”

Rashford, who received free school meals himself, was honoured in the delayed 2020 queen’s birthday honours list.

However, he was the target of online racist abuse ater his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy and offensive graffiti was also let on a mural of his face in Manchester.

Meanwhile, the English Football Associatio­n has commission­ed an independen­t review to investigat­e the “disgracefu­l scenes” which marred the national team’s shootout loss to Italy in the European Championsh­ip final at Wembley.

The FA announced that it had informed the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the review and vowed to identify those responsibl­e for the trouble that occurred before and during the match.

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