Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Man arrested after online racial abuse by England football players

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said a 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with online racial abuse against black players on the England football team.

was an unnamed man arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of offense under section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act and remains in custody for questioning

The GMP said the man from the Ashton upon Mersey area of ​​Greater Manchester had presented himself at a local police station.

According to GMP, a post was made on social media on Sunday evening after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London.

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

Three black players, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, and Marcus Rashford have been victims of online racial abuse after missing out on their penalties, sparking outrage across the country.

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

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory of the GMP’s Trafford Division said that “the actions of such a small number of people witnessed a highly unified event on Sunday evening for our country. We stand firm on our commitment, any form of racist abuse, Whether online or off, is not acceptable.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the government would expand the football ban regime to cover online crimes.

“What we are doing is taking practical steps to ensure that the football ban regime is changed so that if you are guilty of racist abuse online on football, You won’t go to the match.” questions.

“No if, no, but no leeway, no excuse,” he said.

Football bans are ordered when someone is convicted of a “relevant offence” related to the match, including disorderly behavior, threats against people or property, and offenses such as possession of weapons or alcohol.

The list also includes offenses prescribed under the Football (Offences) Act 1991, including racist chanting, pitch attack and missile throwing.

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The term of a sanctions order, which is used to prevent individuals from participating in matches and in some cases may require them to surrender their passports before overseas fixtures, ranges from a minimum of three years to a maximum of 10 years. can.

PA and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


Man arrested after online racial abuse by England football players
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