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Marcus Rashford Denies That He Has Commercially Benefitted From His Charitable Activities

Arjun Singh Devgan
Marcus Rashford is one of the brightest young star in English football
Marcus Rashford is one of the brightest young star in English football / Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images

England and Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has denied reports that he has "benefited commercially" from his off-field actions and partnerships, questioning why footballers "can't just do the right thing" for charity.

Rashford took to social networking site, Twitter to dismiss a report by political magazine, The Spectator that he has 'benefited commercially' from his campaigning. The 23-year-old has been instrumental in backing a number of child food poverty incentives, thereby becoming the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling the issue.

The youngster was not too impressed on hearing that a report alleging that he was "benefiting commercially" from his charitable activities, and gave his say on it.

"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 none starter."

Rashford was made an MBE for his efforts in the delayed 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List, though that has not been enough for him to be a target of online racist abuse following his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.