The detectives who were tasked with the investigation of racist abuse to England players on social media after the Euro 2020 final loss to Italy have arrested 11 people.
It can be recalled that a hate crime investigation was launched due to racist comments aimed at some black players after the game against Italy on July 11.
The likes of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing their penalty kicks. Meanwhile, more than 600 posts have been reported to the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU).
207 out of the 600 weRe identified as criminal and the UKFPU issued data requests to the social media companies involved. Also, more than 120 of these posts originated from accounts outside the UK.
The action has resulted in the arrests of 10 men and 1 woman across the UK on suspicion of numerous offenses including communications that can be deemed malicious and thereby breaching section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.
Meanwhile, the UKFPU still await data from social media companies on some 50 account holders. The Chief Constable Mark Roberts, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “There are people out there who believe they can hide behind a social media profile and get away with posting such abhorrent comments.
“They need to think again – we have investigators proactively seeking out abusive comments in connection to the match and, if they meet a criminal threshold, those posting them will be arrested.
“Our investigation is continuing at pace and we are grateful for those who have taken time to report racist posts to us.
“The complexities of investigating social media abuse cannot be underestimated. A vast amount of work has gone into identifying these eleven individuals. I would like to thank Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for responding to our requests promptly.”