Ian Wright has told Marcus Rashford "f*** them fans" in a passionate response to the viral video of the Manchester United star.
Footage emerged earlier this week of Rashford confronting a group of supporters who had gathered outside Old Trafford after the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid. It looked like the England forward may have put his middle finger up as he was urged to walk away by security, but he has denied doing so and said the video "lacked context".
Former Arsenal striker Wright has now spoken out in defence of his fellow countryman with a video of his own on social media. The player-turned-pundit said: "What’s up everybody, what a beautiful day.
"Listen – just got to address something I saw. Someone just sent me the Marcus Rashford video where he confronted the fans because the fans were digging him out, and he offered one of them out.
"I don’t know who’s doing it man, who’s doing this apologising for. What the f***’s he apologising for that for? These people quick to ‘oh I’m so sorry’.
"That’s what gives these fans the fuel to think they can just dig people out. Marcus, stand your ground bro. Tell them bout their rasclart self yes. You know what I mean.
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"You’ve got these people jumping on f***ing 'ooo Marcus is so sorry', don’t be f***ing sorry for that bro. Some of them fans love giving it and they can’t take it man.
"You just do your stuff, get back to where you need to be bro when you’re playing. F*** them fans bro. Everybody, have a nice day man."
Rashford had taken to Twitter on Wednesday (March 16) to give his side of the story after the clip had been circulated online. "A video can paint a thousand words and in this case lead to inaccurate info being shared on social media," he wrote.
"Guys for weeks I've been heckled, threatened, questioned and last night my emotion got the better of me. I'm a human being. Reading and hearing that stuff about yourself every day it wears you down.
"No one is more critical of my performance than me. But what you see in this video lacks context. I had been heckled from the minute I stepped foot outside the ground, abuse not just aimed at my football.
"People were looking for a reaction from me. Phones were at the ready. Of course I should have walked straight past and ignored it, that's what we're supposed to do right?
"I want to clarify 2 things. The first being what I actually said to the man throwing abuse at me which "come over here and say it to my face" (a fact security can back up) and secondly, the fact I used my forefinger to direct the fan to 'come over and say it to my face'.
"I did not gesture with my middle finger. I'm not entitled. This isn't ego. I'm upset. I'm disappointed. And in that moment it was silly but I was being human."
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