The National Police Commissioner’s Council (NPCC) said Thursday that 11 people had been arrested so far as a result of a hate crime investigation into racist comments directed at many black England players after the Euro 2020 final. ..
Nine men and one woman between the ages of 18 and 63 were arrested on suspicion of crime, and a 42-year-old man was threatening, abusive, or insulting, contrary to Article 127 of the 2003 Communications Act. He was arrested on suspicion of displaying the document. It is likely to stir up racial hatred, the NPCC said.
Two men were released on bail to return home at a later date, and the other nine were released during the investigation until further investigation was conducted.
The investigation, initiated by the British Football Police Unit, “is keeping pace,” the NPCC said.
England lost the European Championship to Italy in the penalty shootout on July 11th. It has disappointed fans who want to celebrate the team’s first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
Three black players, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford, were racially abused online after missing a penalty.
Rashford’s murals were also polluted, but police later determined that the act was not of racial nature.
According to police, the investigation received more than 600 reports from individuals, charities, clubs and other organizations across the country, of which 207 were considered “essentially criminals.”
Police contacted social media platforms for information about 207 accounts, but found that most of them belonged to individuals outside the UK.
A total of 34 accounts were identified as being in the UK and 123 accounts were identified as being outside the UK. Police are still waiting for information about the remaining 50 accounts.
The NPCC said police were also “actively” looking for abusive comments.
“There are people out there who believe they can stop posting such abominable comments, hiding behind their social media profiles. They need to think again,” said NPCC Football Police Lead. Chief Constable Mark Roberts said in a statement.
“We have investigators who are actively looking for abusive comments related to the match, and if they meet criminal standards, those who post them will be arrested.” He said.
“Our research continues at a faster pace and we thank those who have taken the time to report racist posts to us.”
Roberts also thanked Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for their quick response.