June 17, 2020 / 12:36 PM / 17 days ago

UK minister apologises for misnaming soccer star Rashford, citing Harry Potter confusion

FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Burnley v Manchester United - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - December 28, 2019 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their second goal against Burnley. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Wednesday to England soccer player Marcus Rashford for getting his name wrong, suggesting that confusion with the star of the Harry Potter films was behind the slip-up.

Hancock referred to a “Daniel” Rashford in an interview earlier in the day as he paid tribute to the Manchester United footballer for his campaigning on food vouchers for struggling families which had prompted a change in government policy.

“Last night... I was reading my son Harry Potter, and it was clearly still stuck in my mind at 7 o’clock this morning when I started out on the TV,” Hancock said in parliament, an apparent reference to Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the eponymous hero in the film series.

“We all make errors sometimes. I apologise to Marcus for getting his name wrong on one occasion. I have no possible reason for having made that mistake.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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