Marcus Rashford defends charity deals over profit claims

Footballer Marcus Rashford has defended his off-field partnerships amid claims he has profited by campaigning.

The Manchester United and England forward tweeted he had heard political magazine The Spectator was due to publish a story about him getting an income from the partnerships.

The 23-year-old has backed child food poverty incentives and raised £20m for groups tackling the issue.

He questioned why footballers "can’t just do the right thing

The England player has also forced a series of government U-turns over free school meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

He tweeted a thread on Tuesday saying accusing him of benefitting financially from these charity partnerships was “just a non-starter”.

Rashford’s Burberry partnership saw the fashion company make a number of donations to youth charities and youth clubs, including London Youth and Norbrook Youth Club in Manchester, which he went to as a child.

Before that he started a petition urging ministers to extend free school meals through half-term and the Christmas holidays, eventually pressuring ministers into providing £170m of extra funding.

image captionHundreds of messages have been left on the mural

Rashford wrote on Tuesday: "Just heard Spectator are planning to run a story on me tomorrow about how I have benefitted commercially in the last 18 months.

"To clarify, I don’t need to partner with brands. I partner because I want to progress the work I do off the pitch and most of any fee I would receive contributes to that.

"Last summer, 1.3M children had access to food support, through my relationship with Burberry children have a safe place to be after school where they will be fed, following the November investment vulnerable children have safe places to go this summer holiday, and due to my relationship with Macmillan 80,000 children now have a book to call their own.

"Do I have a larger commercial appeal following the U-turns? I’m sure. But I’m also a Manchester United and England international footballer. Why has there always got to be a motive? Why can’t we just do the right thing?

“I actually enjoy reading bits from The Spectator now and again but this is just a non-starter.”


Seeing Rashford again reminded me of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. :laughing: That penalty he missed broke him just like Mbaape. Anyways, that’s a good recovery though.

He is just about 24 years of age and doing wonders with his life. The guy is humbe and thoughtful of the people in need ; decided to go and help so why’s the media creating the impression that he is using the charity projet for profit gains? I sense some racism and victimization

:joy::joy:… this time he’s not messing up, he’s actually doing something good, it s always nice to see some footballers initiating programs to help society, hope Ghanaian players learn something from this