Just a few days after three England soccer players were subjected to racist abuse online — including monkey emojis, slurs and taunts — British police have arrested at least four people for “hate crimes” in connection with the online messages.
On Sunday, England lost in penalty kicks to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. England was hoping for its first major international championship since the 1966 World Cup, but once again fell short.
After extra time, Italy and England were tied 1-1, but Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukaya Saka — who are black — missed their penalty kicks for England.
According to Reuters, the three black players were “targeted with racist abuse on social media sites Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.”
The online abuse was quickly condemned by the English soccer team and England’s soccer governing body, the FA.
“The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players