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Piers Morgan wades in on Dover MP’s ‘nasty’ comment about Marcus Rashford

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Original article from Kent Live

Piers Morgan has added his name to the long list of critics of Dover MP Natalie Elphicke's "nasty" comment about Marcus Rashford after England's Euro loss.

The politician had apparently apologised for telling fellow Conservatives last night that he should focus on perfecting his game rather than "playing politics".

However some have since pointed out the words "apologise" or "sorry" were not actually used in Elphicke's statement.

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This afternoon (July 12) she sent a tweet saying she had "shared England fan's frustration and heartbreak".

But many picked up on the fact that again an apology hadn't been specifically included.

Others criticised her blocking users from commenting on the tweet.

Now outspoken TV personality Piers Morgan has waded in with his own views.

He suggested that she should "practise feeding starving children rather than voting against it".

Manchester United star Rashford was one of three England players to miss a penalty in the final against Italy last night.

All are since reported to have been subjected to racist online abuse.

The squad had broken a 55-year wait for the nation to reach a major football final, dispatching longstanding rivals Germany along the way.

Several of England's black players suffered racist abuse after yesterday's loss to Italy

But they fell agonisingly short of ultimate glory last night following a penalty shootout.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot, allowing Italy to snatch victory.

Amid the reaction to what was a massive occasion at Wembley, comments made by Dover MP Natalie Elphicke have gained particular attention on social media.

According to messages leaked to GB News, Elphicke reportedly said to fellow Conservatives in a private WhatsApp group: "They lost – would it be ungenerous to say Marcus Rashford should spend more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics."

Elphicke has since apologised for the comment in a statement.

While a handful of Twitter users expressed agreement, an overwhelming majority were critical.

Popular responses to the tweet revealing the news labelled the message "nasty", "ridiculous" and "weird".

The young Manchester United star has won several awards this year after speaking out on poverty issues.

Footballer Marcus Rashford has campaigned to put an end to child poverty

After the pandemic lockdown, the government had provided vouchers to families whose children qualify for free meals, but insisted this would not continue into the summer holidays.

It prompted Rashford to write an open letter to MPs, drawing on his own experiences of relying on free school meals and food banks while growing up in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

He called on the government to reverse its decision – which it did shortly after he spoke out.

It enabled about 1.3 million children in England to claim vouchers over the holidays, with the support working out at about £15 a week for each child.

He's asked for politicians to go even further in tackling child poverty – and became an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in November.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke has since apologised for the comments.

She said in a statement: "I applaud the England team who gave their all in Euro 2020.

"Last night I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of other England fans.

"I regret messaging privately a rash reaction about Marcus Rashford's missed penalty and apologise to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focused on his football.

"Onwards to the World Cup and I look forward to Marcus Rashford's contribution at that time."

The Dover MP was also in the headlines last year when her husband Charlie, the area's previous MP, was convicted of sexual assault.

After initially announcing the marriage was over, she then backed his appeal against the verdict and said she had "not decided" on their future together.

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