British minister confuses Rashford with rugby player Itoje
UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he met England footballer Marcus Rashford online when he actually met rugby player Maro Itoje, it was reported.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, the minister said he believed he had met Mr Rashford, who forced the UK government to turn back on providing free school meals during the pandemic, on Zoom.
But his advisers later told the newspaper that he had met Mr. Itoje instead.
Asked by the Standard if he had met Mr Rashford, the Cabinet minister told the newspaper: ‘We met on Zoom and he looked incredibly engaged, compassionate and charming, but then he had to shoot. being the one kept him from following his training. “
Mr Rashford mocked Mr Williamson’s blunder, tweeting: “The accent could have been a giveaway.”
Mr Itoje also joked about the confusion, saying on Twitter: “Due to recent speculation I thought it was necessary to confirm that I am not Marcus Rashford… And while we are here my name does ‘It’s not Mario either !! Just a simple Maro Itoje will do … Lots of love, Marcu … I mean Maro Itoje. “
In a statement, Mr Williamson said he made a “real mistake” after saying he met footballer Marcus Rashford online when he spoke to rugby player Maro Itoje instead.
Gavin Williamson said: “Towards the end of a high-profile interview in which I spoke about both laptops and school lunch campaigns, I confused the issues and made a real mistake.
“We corrected this with the reporter before the story was published.
“I have immense respect for Marcus Rashford and Maro Itoje, who lead effective and inspiring campaigns.”
Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy wrote on Twitter: “This is appalling.
“Gavin Williamson, what made you mistaken at Maro Itoje for Marcus Rashford?
“You must be the most ignorant, ignorant and incompetent Education Secretary in UK history.”