Euro-2021: 11 arrests for racist insults online after England defeat in the final

Accused of contributing to the torrent of racist abuse on social networks against black players of the England team after the lost Euro football final on July 11, eleven people were arrested by the forces of order, announced this Thursday, August 5, the British police.

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In their investigation, police identified 207 messages as criminally objectionable, 123 of which came from accounts outside the UK.

34 UK-based accounts

So far, 34 UK-based accounts have been identified and 11 people have been arrested, according to a police statement.

“Some believe that they can hide behind a profile on social networks and get away with posting such odious comments”one of the police officials in charge of the case, Mark Roberts, said in a statement.

“They have to think about it, we have investigators who carry out the investigations in a proactive way to flush out the offensive remarks in connection with the match and, if they fall under criminal law, those who posted them will be arrested”.

All three players had missed their shot on goal

After the defeat of the England team against Italy, players Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford had been the target of an avalanche of racist attacks on social networks, unanimously condemned, from the government to the authorities sports.

Entering at the end of the match at Wembley, the three players had missed their shot on goal, sealing England’s defeat against Italy (1-1 ap, 3-2 tab) and thus shattering the dream of an entire country who hoped to clinch a second major title, 55 years after his home success in the 1966 World Cup.

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These attacks, as well as the incidents at Wembley Stadium where spectators without tickets had managed to enter, had awakened the old demons of English football. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had expressed his desire that perpetrators of racist attacks online against players be banned from the stadium.

His detractors had accused him of hypocrisy, pointing to the fact that he had not supported the players whistled by the English public when they dropped to one knee against racism before matches.

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