Connect with us

AFP

Man Utd’s Rashford has ‘surreal’ talk with Obama


London (AFP) – Former US president Barack Obama has spoken with Manchester United forward and campaigner Marcus Rashford, praising him for the work he has done on social issues.

England star Rashford met virtually with Obama in an online conversation organised by Penguin Books and discussed topics such as the positive impact of reading.

Rashford, 23, last year spearheaded a campaign to tackle child food poverty in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic and has launched a book club to get disadvantaged children reading more.

Obama said: “A lot of the young people I meet — including Marcus — they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23. They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”

The conversation will be released in full on Penguin UK’s YouTube channel at 1300 GMT on Friday.

Rashford said: “It’s quite surreal isn’t it? I’m sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, speaking to president Obama. But, immediately, he made me feel at ease.

“It wasn’t long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today — adversity, obstacles and all. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When president Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen.”

Rashford said he was racially abused on social media following Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

The forward, who has previously been a victim of online attacks, said he had received “at least 70 racial slurs” following United’s penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in Gdansk.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $9.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
110+ channels, live & on-demand
  • Price: $59.95/mo. for Plus Package
  • Includes FOX, FS1, ESPN, TUDN & more

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Donald Dickerson

    May 27, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Get off of Social media. Sticks and stones apparently wont hurt but words will.

    I’m sorry to say it but when fans seem to care more about the team winning than some players that is an issue. Man U seemed to think all they had to do was show up and get given the cup.

    I dont want to compare but these players need to read up on what real abuse in sports is. Look at how African American baseball players were treated like Jackie Robinson.

    Again all racism is wrong however speech can be banned by these platforms like they did with our last President. Give a warning or a 3 day ban then go from there for harsher penalties.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in AFP

Translate »