11 people arrested for racist abuse of England players

LONDON: British police said Thursday they had arrested 11 people suspected of racist abuse social media by English trio Bacayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho last month after losing the European Cup final to Italy on penalties. UK football police unit opened hate crime investigation after direct comments to England black players in following England’s first defeat in a European Cup final on 11 July at Wembley Stadium in London. The unit identified 207 post considered to be of a criminal nature, including 123 from accounts belonging to individuals outside the UK. The National Police Command Council said in a statement that “the details of these individuals and files are in about to be forwarded to the country concerned for action. “A total of 34 accounts were identified in Britain and 11 account holders were arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes, including malicious communications. The ages of the ten men and one woman ranged from 18 to 63 years. Police Chief Mark Roberts said “there are people who think they can hide … on social media with impunity after such hateful comments were posted. “” They have to change their minds, “he said. We have investigators looking for in proactive way of uncovering offensive comments related to the match and, if they discover that there has been a criminal violation, the perpetrators of the post will be arrested. “Abuses against Rashford, Sancho and Saka for their missed penalties, which led to the first title in England’s absolute since the 1966 World Cup, which they also won at Wembley at the expense of West Germany. Raheem Sterling was also subjected to racist abuse due to a controversial penalty he received against Denmark in semi-final, which resulted in a 2-1 first-half overtime victory after Harry Kane himself followed the penalty that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had saved. (AFP)

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