Police investigating the online racial abuse of England players following the Euro 2020 final against Italy have made 11 arrests so far.
The UK Football Policing Unit say that of the 207 posts on social media identified as criminal, 123 accounts belong to individuals outside the United Kingdom.
The details of those individuals and cases are in the process of being passed on to the relevant countries to act on them.
A total of 34 accounts have so far been identified as being in the UK, and 11 of these account holders have now been arrested.
Chief Constable Mark Roberts, National Police Chiefs’ Council Football Policing lead, said: “There are people out there who believe they can hide behind a social media profile and get away with posting such abhorrent comments.
“They need to think again – we have investigators proactively seeking out abusive comments in connection to the match and, if they meet a criminal threshold, those posting them will be arrested.
“Our investigation is continuing at pace and we are grateful for those who have taken time to report racist posts to us.
“The complexities of investigating social media abuse cannot be underestimated. A vast amount of work has gone in to identifying these 11 individuals. I would like to thank Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for responding to our requests promptly.
“In the meantime, we are seeking engagement with the players themselves to offer our support, and seek their input for our investigation and subsequent prosecutions in conjunction with the CPS.”
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