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16th Jul 2021

Man arrested for racist tweets to Rashford admits he may have sent them ‘when drunk’

Kieran Galpin

Racist tweeter now claims he was drunk

Father of two, Nick Scott, was arrested for instigating “race hate” when he tweeted an overtly racist statement following England’s defeat at the hands of Italy. Though he has changed his story multiple times, Scott insists he is not racist as: “I’m a quarter black South African myself, and I was married to a German.”

“@MarcusRashford that MBE needs burning ya fake. Pack them bags and get to ya own country.”

The England Vs Italy final, which saw Italy return home with the trophy, ushered in a flurry of racist abuse directed towards black players like Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Tyrone Mings.

“I was hammered at the time and don’t remember doing it,” he told The Sun.

“But if I did I want Marcus to know that I’m truly sorry and I apologise sincerely.

“After everything he’s done for my kids and all the other kids in the country with the free school meals.

“He’s absolutely brilliant. He’s helped my family and I can’t thank him enough.”

However, Scott changed his story, having initially said that he was hacked.

“I’ve had to delete my account this morning because I was hacked.

“I would never tweet anything like that. I’m just a football fan.”

Rashford released a statement to Twitter which details his feelings on the situation:

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I am feeling at this exact time.

“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence. I’ve always backed myself for a penalty, but something didn’t feel quite right.

“During the long run-up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted. I felt as though I had let my team-mates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not that one?

“It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently.

“Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my team-mates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

“A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.

“I’ve grown into a sport where I expected to read things written about myself.

“Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from. I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of tens of thousands.

“I dreamt of days like this. The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears. The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that. For all the kind messages thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

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