A man arrested after an English soccer player was subjected to online racial abuse

According to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), a 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with online racial abuse of a black player on the English football team.

The man without a name Arrested on Wednesday morning He remains in custody for cross-examination on suspicion of a crime under Section 1 of the Malicious Telecommunications Act.

According to GMP, the man appeared at a local police station from the Ashton-Apon Mercy area of ​​Manchester.

According to GMP, the social media post took place Sunday night after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London.

England lost the European Championship to Italy in a penalty shootout, disappointing fans hoping to celebrate the team’s first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

Three black athletes, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford, were racially abused online after missing a penalty, causing anger across the country.

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From left to right: Photos of England team soccer players Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Frank Augustine / Pool / AFP / Getty Images) (Fakund Alisa Baraga / Pool / Getty Images) (Paul Ellis / Pool / Getty Images)

Matt Gregory, a detective inspector in the Trafford division of GMP, said: “The actions of a few people have masked that it was a very unified event for our country on Sunday night. We are firmly committed to our commitment, online or off. , Racist abuse is unacceptable. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that the government would expand its football ban to cover online crime.

“What we are doing is ensuring that if you commit racist abuse of football online, you will not be able to play in the match,” Johnson said in a meeting on Wednesday. We are taking practical steps to change to “question.

“There are no ifs, buts, exemptions, no excuses,” he said.

Soccer ban orders are distributed when convicted of “related crimes” related to a match, including crimes such as chaotic behavior, threats to people or property, possession of weapons or alcohol.

The list also includes crimes under the Soccer (Crime) Act of 1991, such as racist chanting, pitch invasion, and missile throwing.

The duration of the ban, which can be used to ban an individual from participating in a match and in some cases require the surrender of a passport in front of foreign equipment, is from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 10 years. It may be in the range.

PA and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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