Rashford fears 'society more divided than ever' after George Floyd death

Many sports stars have spoken out against the treatment of George Floyd and England international Rashford has added his voice.

File image of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.   -  AP

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford fears society is “more divided than ever” in the violent aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

Floyd died last Monday after a white police officer held his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck for several minutes.

The shocking incident has sparked protests and riots in cities across man cities in the United States and the world.

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Many sports stars have spoken out against the treatment of Floyd and England international Rashford has added his voice.

“I know you guys haven't heard from me in a few days. I've been trying to process what is going on in the world,” he said in a Twitter post on Monday.

“At a time I've been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers.

“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.”

 

Rashford, 22, has followed his England team-mate Jadon Sancho in addressing the issue after the Borussia Dortmund winger said “we shouldn't fear speaking out for what's right”.

Sancho displayed a T-shirt with “Justice for George Floyd” written on it after scoring the first of his three goals in Dortmund's 6-1 win over Paderborn on Sunday.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram took a knee as a sign of protest after scoring against Union Berlin on Sunday.

Gladbach coach Marco Rose lauded the 22-year-old for his action, saying Thuram had "set an example against racism."

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