The Three Lions – that’s what the national team is popularly called – lost last week after penalties from Italy at Wembley. For England Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their eleven meters. Gone was the first trophy in 55 years, and gone was the hope of an entire nation yearning for a football trophy.
Rashford, Saka and Sancho publicly apologized for their mistakes, but also condemned the racism against them. Fortunately, there was also a positive response: fans flocked to Withington to cover up the racist writings on the mural with messages of support.
Now it turns out that this was not an isolated case, as yet another mural was raped this week. A white wall in Darlington bearing the numbers of Rashford, Sancho and Saka was labeled ‘We don’t stand with the 3 black lions’. Loosely translated: “We are not behind the three black lions.”
In the meantime, the message has already been covered up with white paint in Northern England by anti-racist fans. The indignation is rightly no less. Hundreds of fans have already gathered at the wall as a sign of protest against the racist message.