Four individuals have been arrested in conjunction with online racist abuse aimed at members of England’s national soccer team, ESPN reported via Reuters.
According to the report, British police have a special team looking into racist comments made via social media targeting England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. The abusive comments came after England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
Data compiled by the special team has led to the arrests, but an investigation into fan behavior is ongoing.
“We are working very closely with social media platforms, who are providing data we need to progress inquiries,” said Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who is leading the policing effort. “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.”
Per the Reuters report, UK police made “897 football-related incidents and 264 arrests in the 24 hours around the final.”
England players were targeted earlier in the tournament when sections of fans at Wembley Stadium booed them for taking a knee during the national anthem.