Euro 2020: Four people arrested over racist abuse of England players

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By Emma Harrison
BBC News

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image captionJadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were some abused aft missing penalties

Four radical person been arrested aft England footballers were racially abused online pursuing their Euro 2020 last defeat.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were targeted aft they missed penalties successful the Euro 2020 final.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts said the maltreatment was "utterly vile".

"If we place that you are down this crime, we volition way you down and you volition look the superior consequences of your shameful actions," helium said.

Police said "a torrent of racist comments aimed astatine immoderate of the team's achromatic players" appeared connected societal media platforms connected Sunday, aft England mislaid connected penalties to Italy successful the last astatine Wembley.

The UK Football Policing Unit said its squad was moving done "a important fig of reports of racist abuse".

Local constabulary forces had made the 4 arrests, a connection said.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, National Police Chiefs' Council shot policing lead, said the radical maltreatment "has rather rightly shocked and appalled radical crossed the country".

"Our England squad person been existent relation models during the tournament, conducting themselves with professionalism and dignity. I'm disgusted determination are individuals retired determination who deliberation it's acceptable to nonstop specified abhorrent maltreatment astatine them, oregon astatine anybody else."

He said the probe would proceed to effort to find those liable and officers were moving intimately with societal media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said the racist maltreatment aimed astatine Rashford, Sancho and Saka was "unforgivable".

And Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to prohibition people blameworthy of sending racist maltreatment to footballers from attending matches.

He said helium would guarantee the "football banning bid authorities is changed" to ace down connected racism.

The UK Football Policing Unit said, arsenic of 13 July, 897 football-related incidents and 264 arrests had been recorded crossed the state successful the 24-hour play surrounding the final.

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