Bukayo Saka (centre) is comforted after failing to score a penalty against Italy. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
Police have arrested four people over alleged racist abuse directed at England football players online, while warning other perpetrators that they will be tracked down.
After England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday, three black players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – were targeted with racist abuse after missing penalties during the match.
Those detained included a 42-year-old man arrested on Wednesday by Cheshire constabulary on suspicion of displaying threatening, abusive or insulting written material that is likely to stir up racial hatred.