“Why can’t we just do the right thing? – Marcus Rashford defends charity agreements | Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford defended his off-field partnerships and questioned why footballers “can’t just do the right thing” for charity.
The Manchester United striker said on Twitter that political magazine The Spectator was about to publish an article suggesting he had “benefited commercially” from his campaign.
Rashford has supported a number of child food poverty incentives and became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times donation list by raising £ 20million in donations from supermarkets for groups s attacking the problem. The England player also forced a series of government U-turns on free school meals during the pandemic.
He tweeted a thread saying, “I just heard from viewers planning to post a story about me tomorrow about how I’ve benefited commercially over the past 18 months. To clarify, I don’t need to to associate with brands I am a partner because I want to advance the work I do off the pitch and most of the fees I would receive go towards that.
“Last summer 1.3 million children had access to food aid, thanks to my relationship with Burberry, children have a safe place after school to feed them, following the November investment , vulnerable children have safe places to go on this summer vacation, and because of my relationship with Macmillan 80,000 children now have a book of their own.
“Do I have more commercial appeal after the U-turns?” I am on. But I am also an international footballer for Manchester United and England. Why does there always have to be a pattern? Why can’t we just do the right thing? I actually like to read excerpts from The Spectator every now and then, but that’s just a no [sic] Entrance.”
Rashford’s partnership with Burberry has enabled the fashion company to make a number of donations to charities and youth clubs, including London Youth and Norbrook Youth Club in Manchester, which he attended as a child.
Prior to that he had started a petition urging the government to extend free school meals during mid-term and the Christmas break, ultimately pressuring ministers to provide £ 170million in additional funding.
Rashford, who received free school meals, was named MBE in the late 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
He was the target of racist abuse online after his missed penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Abusive graffiti was also left on a mural of his face in Withington, Manchester.