After the defeat of the Three Lions by Italy in the final of Euro 2020, the painting of the striker of England and Manchester United was full of graffiti.
Greater Manchester Police The GMP initially called the vandalism “racially motivated” and said it was investigating the July 11 incident as a hate crime – but did not say what Graffiti said.
A few days later, the force admitted that it was not racially motivated. The word “f ** k” was dubbed on the wall in Copson Street, while “s ** t” and “b ***** d” were written with “template”, the name of another player who missed. Gaya fined in Euro 2020 shootout.
The wall was later covered with messages of support from members of the public, and artist XP19 repainted Mr Rashford’s own monochrome portrait.
Mr Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bokayo Saka all faced racist abuse on social media after England’s defeat.
On Tuesday, the GMP released CCTV footage of a man they wanted to talk to about the vandalism.
It shows a man working suspiciously near a wall with his costume, looking at it in different directions before walking and then returning to the scene.
A GMP spokesman said: “We have followed all available investigations since the European Championship final in July, following the demolition of the wall at Wipston Stunt.
“Since the incident, officers have checked a large number of CCTVs and now have footage of a man they would like to talk to.
“The footage is not the best quality, but part of our effort to eliminate all the opportunities we have that are responsible.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 0161 856 4973, referring to incident 453 of 12/07/2021, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Additional reporting by the Press Association