Police have arrested five people for allegedly racially abusing England players after their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. They have warned the perpetrators that all of them will be tracked down. The government as well as the FA condemned the abuse received by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that ban orders were in place to help tackle online racist abuse. He also revealed that social media companies could face huge fines if they cannot remove abuse from their social media platforms.
“A hate crime investigation is underway by the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU), with a dedicated team of investigators working their way through a large number of reports from across the country.” a police statement read following arrests made for racist abuse of the England players at Euro 2020. “Dozens of data applications have been submitted to social media companies and four people have been arrested by local police forces.”
“If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down, and you will face the serious consequences of your shameful actions.” Chief Constable Mark Roberts, 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.”
A total of 264 arrests were made across England in connection with the Euro 2020 final while 897 football-related incidents were reported. The total number of arrests for the tournament currently stands at 630.