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Four Arrested Over Racist Social Media Posts Sent To England Players

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 15 Jul 2021 11:33
Four Arrested Over Racist Social Media Posts Sent To England PlayersPA

Four people have been arrested in connection to racial abuse aimed at England’s football players.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka have been inundated with racist comments after missing their penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday, July 11.

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In light of this, an investigation has been launched by police to try track down the footballers’ online abusers, which has so far resulted in four people being arrested.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, and Bukayo Saka (PA)PA Images

Police have also submitted ‘dozens’ of data applications to social media companies, The Independent reports.

A statement by the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) read:

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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 UK Football Policing Unit (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 statement added.

England manager Gareth Southgate consoles Jadon Sancho (PA)PA

One of the four people arrested reportedly handed themselves in yesterday, July 14, to Cheadle Heath police station in Greater Manchester. The 37-year-old man was then arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.

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Two other men were arrested by West Mercia Police, The Independent reports. It has not been confirmed when and where the fourth person was taken into custody.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the football policing lead at the National Police Chiefs’ Council has described the racial abuse that Saka, Sancho and Rashford have received as ‘utterly vile’ and dubbed the three players as ‘true role models’.

He said, ‘The racial abuse aimed at our own players following Sunday night’s game is utterly vile and has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country. Our England team have been true role models during the tournament, conducting themselves with professionalism and dignity.’

Marcus Rashford at Euros 2020 final (PA)PA Images
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‘I’m disgusted there are individuals out there who think it’s acceptable to direct such abhorrent abuse at them, or at anybody else,’ Roberts continued.

Roberts further promised the UKFPU investigation is ‘well underway’ and that he policing unit is ‘working closely’ with social media platforms in a bid to identify the abusers.

‘If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and you will face the serious consequences of your shameful actions,’ the football policing lead said.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Stop Hate UK by visiting their website www.stophateuk.org/talk

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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