Since racist comments online on the address of England internationals Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after missed penalties during the last European Championship, British police have made 11 arrests so far.
According to the UK Football Police Unit (UKFPU), which specializes in tackling crime in football events, 600 tips have been received. Among the data punishable by law, 123 came from abroad. Another 34 can be linked to individuals from the UK.
“There are people who think they can hide behind their social media profiles and post horrific comments. We have inspectors proactively looking for offensive statements. They get punished,” said Mark Roberts, director of the European Trade Union Confederation.
Sakho, Sancho and Rashford missed the penalty kick in the decisive penalty shootout in the European Championship final at Wembley against Italy. After losing the English, they were inundated with racist messages on social media.
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