Euro 2020: Man arrested over racist abuse of England players

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image captionEngland were beaten by Italy successful a punishment shootout successful the Euro 2020 final

A antheral has been arrested aft England footballers were racially abused online pursuing their Euro 2020 last defeat.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted connected societal media aft missing penalties.

A 37-year-old antheral has been arrested connected suspicion of an offence nether the Malicious Communications Act, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The man, from Ashton-Under-Mersey successful Trafford, voluntarily attended Cheadle Heath constabulary station.

Police said a station was made connected societal media connected Sunday aft England mislaid connected penalties to Italy successful the last astatine Wembley.

Det Insp Matt Gregory said: "We are steadfast successful our commitment, immoderate racist maltreatment whether online oregon disconnected is not acceptable."

"The actions of a tiny fig of radical overshadowed what was a hugely unifying lawsuit for our country."

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

Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier promised to prohibition radical 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.

A mural honouring Rashford successful Withington, Manchester, which was vandalised with graffiti pursuing the match, was aboriginal covered successful hundreds of supportive messages.

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