Marcus Rashford Courts Controversy After Appearing to Hit Ball Boy During Nottingham Forest Game

Marcus Rashford Courts Controversy After Appearing to Hit Ball Boy During Nottingham Forest Game

Rene Otinga
updated at August 26, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Marcus Rashford inadvertently struck a ball boy in frustration on Saturday
  • Manchester United recovered from an earlier error to come from two goals down to beat Nottingham Forest
  • But despite the comeback, the most memorable moment of the game was Rashford’s clumsy incident

Marcus Rashford courted controversy on Saturday after appearing to strike a ball boy during the game against Nottingham Forest.

United did brilliantly to come from a 2-0 down to claim all three points against a determined Forest, who gave Erik Ten Hag’s men a real test.

Taiwo Awoniyi put the visitors ahead in the first two minutes, before Willy Boly doubled his side’s advantage thanks to some poor marking from United players.

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Marcus Rashford walks off after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on August 26, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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The Red Devils halved the deficit before half time, with Christian Eriksen tapping home Rashford’s cross, and Casemiro made it 2-2 by bundling Bruno Fernandes’ effort into the net.

Fernandes then completed the comeback with a penalty in the 76th minute after Danilo was adjudged to have tripped Rashford.

Rashford hits ball boy

The game was not short of incidents, and none was more distinct that Rashford’s actions towards a ball boy.

The 25-year old forward cut a frustrated figure when the referee blew the whistle for a foul against Willy Boly, and he reacted by kicking the ball out of play at the touchline.

There just so happened to be a ball boy behind Rashford, and he was struck with the ball as a frustrated Rashford continued expressing his displeasure to the ref.

The incident led to some interesting reactions on social media, with sections of fans viciously criticizing the United attacker.

“Shameless from Rashford kicking the ball at the ball boy, if it was Ronaldo,” one fan said.
“Rashford nearly hitting the ball boy in frustration. Not even apologizing. All because he hasn't scored.” Another added.
“Rashford should've gotten a straight red for kicking the ball at the ball boy,” said another fan.

Fortunately for Rashford, the chap showed brilliant reflexes as he parried the ball away with his hands.

Kai Havertz criticized

Sports Brief also reported on the criticism Kai Havertz received during Arsenal’s draw against Fulham.

Arteta has stuck with his new huge signing, starting him in all the first three games of the new campaign. The Gunners scraped through to beat Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace before drawing with a 10-man Fulham on August 26.

In the first half, as Arsenal were looking to get back into the game, fans spotted a howler from Havertz as he attempted to play a one-two with Gabriel Martinelli.

The former Bayer Leverkusen winger 'absent-mindedly' almost put the ball out of play, much to the chagrin of Arsenal fans.

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