Following England’s humiliation in the Euro 2020 final, a man was detained after they were racially harassed online.
After missing penalties, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were singled out on social media.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said a 37-year-old man was detained on suspicion of violating the Malicious Communications Act.
The man, from Trafford’s Ashton-Under-Mersey, voluntarily went to Cheadle Heath police station.
After England lost on penalties to Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday, police said a post was made on social media.
“We are steadfast in our commitment,” Det Insp Matt Gregory said. “Any racial abuse, whether online or offline, is not tolerated.”
“What was a profoundly unifying event for our country was overshadowed by the conduct of a small minority of people.”
Racist comments directed at Rashford, Sancho, and Saka were “unforgivable,” according to England manager Gareth Southgate.
People who send racist insults to footballers will be barred from attending matches, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He promised to reform the “football banning order system” in order to combat prejudice.
Following the match, a mural honoring Rashford in Withington, Manchester, was vandalized with graffiti and eventually covered with hundreds of supporting notes.