Four individuals have been arrested in connection with online racist abuses aimed at members of England’s national football team, ESPN reported via Reuters.
According to the report, British police have a special team that looks at racist comments made via social media targeting England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. The abusive comments came after England lost in Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
Data compiled by the special team has led to arrests, but an investigation into fan behavior is ongoing.
“We are working very closely with social media platforms, which provide the data we need to advance investigations,” said Mark Roberts, head of the agency, which directs policing activities. “If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and face the grave consequences of your shameful actions.”
According to the Reuters report, British police made “897 football-related incidents and 264 arrests in 24 hours around the final”.
The England players were first spotted in the tournament when the fan sections at Wembley Stadium bou them for taking a knee during the national anthem.