The UK Football Policing Unit has arrested four people in connection with the racial abuse directed at England players.
After England’s penalty-kick loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, investigations into abusive posts directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka continue.
A statement issued on Thursday read, “Following England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday a torrent of racist comments aimed at some of the team’s black players appeared on platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“A hate crime investigation is under way by the UKFPU, with a dedicated team of investigators working their way through a large number of reports from across the country.
“So far, dozens of data applications have been submitted to social media companies and four people have been arrested by local police forces.”
The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s football policing lead, Chief Constable Mark Roberts, stated:
“The racial abuse aimed at our own players following Sunday night’s game is utterly vile.
“It has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country.”
Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Wednesday that a 37-year-old man from Ashton-upon-Mersey had been arrested following social media posts directed at England players following the match on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the government was broadening the scope of football-related bans to include online abuse.
People who are subject to banning orders are prohibited from attending matches for a period of three to ten years. (dpa/NAN)