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England police make 11 arrests in Euro final penalty racism

Thu 05 August 2021 | 8:37

After missing their penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley, the England trio, Marcus Rashford, and Jordan Sancho experienced racial abuse on social media.

Identifying 207 posts on social media identified as criminal

, the British police announced 123 accounts belong to individuals outside the United Kingdom as their cases are in the process of being passed on to the relevant countries to act on them.

 

"They need to think again - we have investigators proactively seeking out abusive comments in connection to the match and, if they meet a criminal threshold, those posting them will be arrested.

"Our investigation is continuing at pace and we are grateful for those who have taken time to report racist posts to us.

"The complexities of investigating social media abuse cannot be underestimated. A vast amount of work has gone in to identifying these 11 individuals. I would like to thank Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for responding to our requests promptly.

"In the meantime, we are seeking engagement with the players themselves to offer our support, and seek their input for our investigation and subsequent prosecutions in conjunction with the CPS."

 

England will need to regroup ahead of their World Cup qualifying campaign, which will start with a game against Hungary on September 2.

 


source: Sky Sports

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