Danny Murphy defends Leeds fans who mocked Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

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Danny Murphy has defended the Leeds fans who mocked Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho on Saturday for "letting their country down".

Leeds supporters sang chants aimed at the two players after both missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final loss against Italy.

United won the game 5-1 against Marcelo Bielsa’s side thanks to a hat-trick from Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes, while Mason Greenwood and Fred also got on the scoresheet for the Red Devils.

However, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy believes the chants are ‘all part and parcel of football.'

“If you’re talking about the Leeds fans singing to the United boys about letting their country down, well I saw what [David] Beckham had to endure when he kicked out at [Diego] Simeone against Argentina [1998 World Cup] and he just used it," Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I remember him getting hammered at Anfield, he was brilliant. That’s just part of football. If you can’t take that, you’re in the wrong job. If you’re talking about homophobia or racism, unacceptable, not needed.

“Songs that used to get sung when I was young about disasters, unacceptable, of course. We know the line. Most people listening know the line of right and wrong.

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“So it’s right to pull them up when we listen to certain things and Liverpool have apologised for that one which is fair enough but going to get the lads who missed penalties getting some stick from supporters from every ground they go to and it’s part and parcel.

“It might inspire them to do more, it might affect them, but that’s just football.”

Manchester City fans were also heard singing the same chant ahead of their 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in north London on Sunday.

Murphy retired from professional football in 2013 and has since established a career as a pundit for the BBC and talkSPORT.

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