England star Marcus Rashford has hit out at The Spectator magazine after saying that the magazine is set to run a story suggesting he has “benefited commercially” from his campaigning.
The Manchester United forward has defended his off-field partnerships and questioned why footballers “can’t just do the right thing” for charity.
What Marcus Rashford tweeted about The Spectator
In a thread on Twitter, Rashford said: “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.”
What has The Spectator claimed about Marcus Rashford?
The magazine has yet to publish a story online today about the England star - with the latest article about Rashford posted five days ago.
The Spectator is a weekly magazine that focuses on politics, culture and current affairs.
What has Marcus Rashford done for charity?
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 attended as a child.
Before that he launched a petition urging the Government to extend free school meals through the half-term and Christmas holidays, eventually pressuring ministers into providing £170 million of extra funding.
The 23-year-old has backed a number of child food poverty incentives.
He also became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20 million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling the issue.
Rashford, who received free school meals himself, was made an MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
However, he was the target of online racist abuse after his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Abusive graffiti was also left on a mural of his face in Withington, Manchester.
A version of this article originally appeared on NationalWorld.com