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BBC Commentator Guy Mowbray Deletes Twitter Account After Marcus Rashford Comments

BBC Commentator Guy Mowbray Deletes Twitter Account After Marcus Rashford Comments

BBC commentator Guy Mowbray has deleted his Twitter account after receiving criticism for comments made regarding Marcus Rashford's mission to stop poor children going hungry.

After MPs voted against allowing free school meals for underprivileged kids during school holidays, Rashford, who received an MBE for his incredible efforts, is continuing his fight.

Fresh scoring the winner against Paris Saint-Germain, he attended a food bank he has named after his mum Melanie and has been sharing a whole host of businesses across the country who are offering free meals for children.

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48-year-old Mowbray was the commentator on BBC's Match of the Day coverage of Manchester United vs Chelsea and made a point of mentioning what Rashford had been up to this week.

The quote in full was: "He didn't get a win in Parliament, but he got the winner in Paris. Whether you agree with Marcus Rashford's causes or not, there's surely only admiration for his continued commitment."

However, the way he worded his comment led to plenty of criticism and some unsavoury replies on social media.A

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"I really think it is time to go now," Mowbray wrote in a number of tweets sent before he deleted his account.

"Disturbing getting hounded by people whose view of a situation is in reality the same as mine.

"Impartiality broadcast rules mean things have to be phrased a certain way.....

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"I tried to do that, having checked my original words in the morning with the programme editors.

"I had to change them - it's in the political arena so balance (however strange that may seem with some topics) is paramount....

"The first things I said were purely factual.

"The latter was wholesome praise of someone fighting a noble cause. That's it. Couldn't have done anymore. Shouldn't have done any less."

Topics: Football News, BBC, Football, Marcus Rashford

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