British police announced that they arrested eight suspects for racially insulting a South Korean player on Friday Hyung-min Son, Tax Tottenham. Four other suspects were questioned in an operation that began last Sunday following the London team’s 3–1 defeat to Manchester United. According to officials, the 12 detained people are “suspected of publishing text, using words or engaging in behavior that incites racial hatred”. The arrests took place in England and Wales.
Son was the target of criticism on the social network due to a controversy over a goal that was canceled by Edinson Cavani in the first half of that match. Anonymus wrote racist insults on United’s official account, which briefed British authorities after Tottenham launched an investigation.
Inspector Matt Simpson says, “Thanks to the meticulous work of the police, these anonymous people were identified and found on social media. This action suggests that the British police will not tolerate racist aggression, even if committed online Ho.”
In late April, English clubs held a three-day boycott of social media to protest racial insults on players on platforms. They take action against those who display bias from companies.