David de Gea's wife lashes out over sickening online messages

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David de Gea, pictured here wife Edurne Garcia.
David de Gea and wife Edurne Garcia. Image: Getty

The pop star wife of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has lashed out online after receiving a torrent of vile and sexist abuse.

De Gea was the unfortunate villain as Manchester United lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

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The Spaniard failed to save a single penalty in 11 attempts and then had his own attempt blocked as Villarreal secured an incredible 11-10 triumph in a shootout.

De Gea has now failed to save 40 penalties in a row, dating back at 2016.

Taking to social media on Thursday, the goalkeeper's wife Edurne Garcia revealed how she had been targeted by angry fans in the aftermath.

"Yet again it's been proved there is still much to be done to fight against sexism in society," she tweeted.

One social media user wrote: "Will Edurne let De Gea pick up the baby now?"

Another said: "The moment De Gea gets back to the team hotel, Edurne will say she's got a headache."

While a third declared: "I'd pick Edurne for Spain and De Gea for Eurovision."

Garcia represented Spain at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and has been with de Gea since 2010.

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Marcus Rashford also cops sickening abuse

Marcus Rashford has also detailed the nature of some of the latest torrent of racist messages he has received on social media.

Police are investigating after the England forward said he had received "at least 70 racial slurs" in the immediate aftermath of Manchester United's loss.

The 23-year-old says he can accept criticism of his performance but not racist "ape, monkey, baboon, banana, jungle talk".

Rashford has also revealed that one abusive message came from a person claiming to be a maths teacher.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Rashford wrote: "I'd be the first to say I've struggled this season. It's not about commitment, dedication or ability.

David De Gea, pictured here in action for Manchester United in the Europa League final.
David De Gea in action for Manchester United in the Europa League final. (Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/Xinhua via Getty Images)

"The reality is I've had physical obstacles I've had to overcome that I'm still managing.

"That being said, there are no excuses for last night, we simply weren't good enough. I'm really sorry that we couldn't bring the silverware home.

"But black or white, football is football. We all wear the same shirt. We all kick the same ball.

"I've been playing this game from the day I could walk. I'm built for criticism of my performance but I can't accept the ape, monkey, baboon, banana, jungle talk.

"As a United fan myself, it's really difficult stuff to read. And I can only think about how this would have made me feel as a seven-year-old reading it. How would I ever have any faith in humanity?"

In a statement, United said they were "disgusted by the online hate and abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford and other players on social media after last night's game" and that they "utterly condemn it".

Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Thursday the abuse was being investigated.

with AAP

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