The Manchester United forward was hailed for his work in campaigning for free school meals for the most vulnerable of children in British society.
A mural, a community street art project based on a photograph by Daniel Cheetham and painted by street artist Akse, was made in his honour in Withington, Manchester and read: “Take pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose.”
“The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media,” an FA statement read.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”
The England team also released a statement condemning the abuse, which read: “We’re disgusted that some of our squad — who have given everything for the shirt this summer — have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game.”
England, who had reached their first major final since 1966, took the lead in the match through Luke Shaw‘s early goal before Leonardo Bonucci equalised for Italy in the second half and the score remained 1-1 until the end of extra-time.
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