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The words “We don’t stand with 3 black lions” were added below the players’ shirt numbers painted on the white wall of the Arthur Wharton Foundation in Darlington.
Further racist graffiti was written next to a painting of the England football badge. “If the current rate of non-white immigration continues, white Britons will be a minority by 2060,” it read. The hashtag “wake up” was added.
Darlington MP Peter Gibson condemned the graffiti – which has since been removed – and called for those responsible to “identify and punish”.
He said: “The Arthur Wharton Foundation has done much to promote an understanding of the contributions of black footballers throughout our history.
“I am shocked by the brutality, and the racism of that is inscribed on the murals. Our city is an open welcoming place to all people.”
The Arthur Wharton Foundation, which was set up in 2010, on Wednesday unveiled tributes to three England players.
The son of a Grenadian-Scottish father and Ghanaian mother, Wharton began his career in Darlington in 1885 and played for the major clubs of Sheffield United, Rotherham and Preston North End during a career spanning 17 years. He also played professional cricket and set a world record for the 100 yard sprint in 1886.
On Saturday, activists of the campaign group Stand Up to Racism took a knee during a demonstration at the scene.
“Overnight a cowardly racist has decided to spread hatred,” the group tweeted. “We condemn this racism and we stand in solidarity with the Arthur Wharton Foundation. We are the majority and cowardly racists are not welcome.”
Durham Constabulary said it was investigating damage to the mural, which is believed to have happened on Friday night.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101, citing reference 129 of the July 17 incident.