LONDON – British police investigating online racial abuse of English players following the team’s loss to Italy in the 2020 European Football Championship claim they have made 11 arrests.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were victims of abuse after missing their penalties in the July 11th shootout loss at Wembley.
The UK Football Policing Unit announced on Wednesday that of the 207 social media posts identified as criminal, 123 accounts belong to people outside the UK. The details of these people and cases are currently being forwarded to the appropriate countries for a response.
To date, 34 UK accounts have been identified and 11 of these account holders have since been arrested.
“There are people out there who think they can hide behind a social media profile and post such horrific comments,” Chief Constable Mark Roberts told the UK Press Association. “You need to think again – we have investigators who are proactively looking for offensive comments related to the game, and if they reach a criminal level, those who post them will be arrested.”