Four arrested over online racist abuse of England footballers

  • Written by Tobi Thomas
  • Published on 15th July 2021
    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.


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