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Police investigating racist abuse of England players make 11 arrests


Police investigating online racial abuse against England players following the Euro 2020 final against Italy have made 11 arrests so far.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka suffered abuse after missing penalties in the shootout loss at Wembley last month.

The British Football Police Unit says that of the 207 social media posts identified as criminal, 123 accounts are owned by people outside the UK.

Details of these individuals and cases are being passed on to the countries concerned for action on them.

A total of 34 accounts have so far been identified as being in the UK, and 11 of those account holders have now been terminated.

Police Chief Mark Roberts, chief football policeman for the National Council of Chiefs of Police, said: “There are people who think they can hide behind a profile on social media and get away with it. shoot by posting such obnoxious comments.

“They need to think again – we have investigators who proactively seek out abusive match-related comments and, if they reach a criminal threshold, those who publish them will be arrested.

“Our investigation continues at a rapid pace and we are grateful to those who took the time to report racist messages to us.

“The complexity of investigating social media abuse cannot be understated. Considerable work has gone into identifying these 11 individuals. I would like to thank Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for responding quickly to our requests.

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