Football: Rashford, Lingard condemn anti-Semitism after picture with UK rapper

A photo of Jesse Lingard (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) with British rap artist Wiley has drawn criticism. PHOTO: TWITTER

REUTERS - Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have said they do not condone any form of discrimination after a photo of them with controversial British rap artist Wiley drew criticism.

Wiley, who had his Twitter account suspended after posting a string of anti-Semitic comments on his social media accounts in July 2020, posted the photo on Instagram alongside the caption: "Thank you @officialdjironik for getting me a booking and big up these dons" before deleting it.

The Jewish Chronicle newspaper published the picture, which it said was taken in Dubai on an unconfirmed date.

"I'd like to reinforce that I do not and will not condone discriminative language or behaviour of any kind aimed at the Jewish community or any other community," Rashford tweeted.

"I truly believe that tackling anti-Semitism in and outside of the game requires a greater level of attention and should very much form part of the game's anti-racism stance."

Lingard then tweeted: "I've been made aware of a photo circulating currently, that can easily be misconstrued. I want to make it clear that I do not condone any form of racism whatsoever!"

Wiley had apologised for his actions two years ago and said he was not a racist.

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