Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has issued a heartfelt appeal for men to play a bigger role in helping women feel safe.
Rashford took to social media to offer his condolences to the family of Sarah Everard.
Everard went missing on March 3 and the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Friday that human remains found in woodland in Ashford, Kent belonged to the 33-year-old marketing executive.
Rashford reacted to the “heartbreaking” news by describing it as something that “should have never happened” and telling male followers they have an important part to play.
“This is just heartbreaking, I’m so sorry,” he tweeted.
“This should have never happened. Men we have a role to play.
“To listen, to protect, and to allow women to feel safe at whatever time of day. I have sisters, nieces… just horrible. I’m sending my love to Sarah’s family.”
Rashford received an MBE last year after his successful campaign over free school means during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old has continued to use his platform to promote positive changes to society amongst his 4.2million Twitter following.
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Rashford missed Manchester United ’s clash with AC Milan on Thursday night in the Europa League due to an ankle injury.
He limped off in the Manchester derby last weekend but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t ruled him out of Sunday’s clash with West Ham at Old Trafford.
“He’s a fit lad, he’s athletic, recovers well, we’ve not had too much of a reason to rest him,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
“He got a knock on his ankle which made it impossible for him to be part of the squad, hopefully for the weekend, but we don’t know.”