Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has warmly applauded the community efforts of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.
Coates says he has been impressed close to home with the fund-raising work carried out by his own players and supporters during the coronavirus crisis.
And, on the day that Rashford persuaded the Government to provide free school meals over the summer holidays, he extended his praise to the England striker.
“I’ve been very proud with what I have seen and heard being done to help the community,” he said today, “whether it be the football club or our supporters.
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“We have a very good community department at Stoke City and they have certainly played their part over the past couple of months.
“And it’s not just here to be fair, but also around the country.
“It is heartening to hear someone like Marcus Rashford providing such a good example with the stance he has taken.
“He has been particularly impressive and it is hugely encouraging to see such young players who are prepared to come out and make their position known.
“He’s been remarkably sterling and deserves great credit for what he is doing.”