After England footballers Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford were racially insulted online during Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, four persons were detained.
On Sunday, England lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, with Saka, Sancho, and Rashford all missing their attempts.
The trio had been harassed online, and four people have now been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation.
The UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) said in a statement to the PA news agency: “Following England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday, a deluge of racist comments targeting at some of the team’s black players erupted on sites.
“A hate crime investigation is underway by the UKFPU, with a dedicated team of investigators working their way through a large number of reports from across the country.
“So far, dozens of data applications have been submitted to social media companies and four people have been arrested by local police forces.”
Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council football policing lead, said: “The racial abuse aimed at our own players following Sunday night’s game is utterly vile and has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country.
“Our England team have been true role models during the tournament, conducting themselves with professionalism and dignity. I’m disgusted there are individuals out there who think it’s acceptable to direct such abhorrent abuse at them, or at anybody else.
“The UKFPU investigation is well underway and work continues to identify those responsible. We are working very closely with social media platforms, who are providing data we need to progress enquiries.