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4 ARRESTED OVER RACIAL ABUSE OF RASHFORD, SANCHO AND BUKAYO SAKA

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Following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, four persons were arrested for online racial insults directed at members of the England squad, British police announced on Thursday.

After three Black players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka — were targeted with racial abuse on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, police said a specialist squad is looking into the abusive comments.

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The abuse has been widely criticized, and the United Kingdom government has threatened to take action against social media firms if they do not promptly delete offensive content.

“We’re working extremely closely with social media companies, who are giving the data we need to move investigations forward,” said Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the man in charge of Britain’s soccer policing response.

“If we discover that you are the perpetrator of this atrocity, we will track you down and hold you accountable for your offenses.”

The UK Football Policing Unit is leading a hate crime inquiry.

Hundreds of data applications were filed to IT firms, according to police, and four persons have been detained thus far.

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, has pledged to combat online abuse, but he and other politicians have been accused of hypocrisy for not criticizing those who insulted the players at the tournament’s opening.

In the 24 hours leading up to the final, police reported 897 football-related incidents and 264 arrests, a significant rise above previous soccer tournaments in 2016 and 2018.

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