Marcus Rashford denies making rude gesture to Manchester United fans after defeat by Atletico Madrid


Marcus Rashford denies making rude gesture to Manchester United fans following defeat by Atletico Madrid… as he admits ’emotion got the better of me’ after being ‘heckled from the moment I set foot outside the ground’

Marcus Rashford has denied making a rude gesture to Manchester United fans as he left Old Trafford following Tuesday’s defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Video footage on social media showed Rashford, who came on as a second-half substitute in the last 16 tie, responding angrily to comments from supporters outside the ground.

But he has insisted: ‘I did not gesture with my middle finger. I used my forefinger to direct the fan to “come over and say it to my face”.

Marcus Rashford has admitted he let his emotions get the better of him after confronting fans

The Man United forward posted a passionate statement to social media after his actions

The Man United forward posted a passionate statement to social media after his actions

‘I had been heckled from the moment I set 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? Last night my emotion got the better of me.’

Rashford insisted their were two sides to the story and claimed the video lacked context

Rashford insisted their were two sides to the story and claimed the video lacked context

Meanwhile, United are studying CCTV footage to identify fans who pelted Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone with objects at the final whistle. 

Those responsible face a three-year ban.

UEFA are also investigating the incidents before deciding whether to charge United.

Rashford started on the bench against Atletico Madrid before replacing Anthony Elanga

Rashford started on the bench against Atletico Madrid before replacing Anthony Elanga

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