Man arrested over online racist abuse of England players after Euro 2020 final loss

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A person has been arrested after racist messages aimed toward England players had been posted on social media following the European Championship final, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated on Wednesday.

A 37-year-old man from Ashton upon Mersey in Trafford, Greater Manchester, handed himself in to police on Wednesday morning.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of inflicting an offence underneath Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act and stays in custody for questioning, GMP stated.

The social media put up was despatched on Sunday night, after England’s defeat by Italy within the Euro final, and was flagged to GMP.

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory of GMP’s Trafford division stated: “The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was a hugely unifying event for our country on Sunday evening.”

We are agency in our dedication, any racist abuse whether or not online or off is just not acceptable.

“We now have one man in custody and our investigation continues.”

England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had been focused with racist abuse online after lacking penalties in Sunday’s shootout defeat at Wembley.

Wednesday’s arrest by GMP got here after West Mercia Police investigating a racist tweet aimed toward Rashford arrested and launched a 50-year-old man.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Wednesday that social media firms will face fines amounting to 10% of their international income in the event that they fail to take away racist abuse from their platforms.

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