The failure of Marcus Rashford in the penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 finals against Italy provoked a flood of racist statements and heckling. One of those who offended the 23-year-old footballer in a tweet was children’s football coach Nick Scott. He was arrested.
The 23-year-old failed to convert a shot during a penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 finals against Italy and was criticized. After the match, Rashford was attacked on social media, including on racial grounds – Twitter deleted more than a thousand messages.
One of the authors of the racist slurs against Rashford on Twitter was 50-year-old children’s football coach Nick Scott. He sent a tweet that read, “Marcus Rashford, pack your bags and go to your country.” Scott initially denied authorship of the message and claimed his account had been hacked. He said: “I first found out about it when I woke up. I have an appointment with a lawyer. I don’t know who hacked me.”
It remains a mystery, then, who posted another message on Scott’s profile two hours after the finale that said, “I owe Marcus Rashford an apology. I’m still very angry, but not at you.” Now Scott has changed the original version of events: he admits he “may have sent the tweet while drunk.” And claims he has no recollection of how he did it. “I would like Marcus to know that I am truly sorry, and I sincerely apologize. After all he’s done for my kids and all the other kids in the country with free school meals… He is absolutely brilliant. He helped my family, and I can’t thank him enough,” the Daily Mail quoted Scott as saying.