Police arrested four for racist crimes against England players

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LONDON (Reuters) – Four people have been arrested for virtual racist crimes against England football players following Sunday’s UEFA European Cup final, UK police said on Thursday.

A team of experts is analyzing the offensive comments, police said, since black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted for racist crimes on social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The trio lost the penalty after losing to Italy on penalties at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The crimes have been widely criticized, and the government promises action against social media companies if they do not remove offensive content more quickly.

“We are working very closely with social media platforms, which are providing us with the data we need to start an inquiry,” said Police Chief Mark Roberts, who drives the British corporation’s response to football-related issues. responsible officer.

“If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and face dire consequences for your shameful actions.”

A hate crime investigation is ongoing, led by the UK Football Police Unit.

Police said dozens of data applications have been sent to technology companies and four people have already been arrested.

(Pour Michael Holden)

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