Second man arrested following racist tweets aimed at England players

A man has been arrested on suspicion of posting racist messages towards England players following the team’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

The 37-year-old was detained after he handed himself into Greater Manchester Police on Wednesday morning.

The man, from Ashton-Upon-Mersey was arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act and was being questioned by officers.

Police confirmed that the suspect was being questioned in relation to a social media post that was made on Sunday evening following England’s defeat to Italy on penalties.

After the game ended, players, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to a torrent of racist abuse online.

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory of GMP’s Trafford division, said: "The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was a hugely unifying event for our country on Sunday evening. We are firm in our commitment, any racist abuse whether online or off is not acceptable.

"We now have one man in custody and our investigation continues."

On Tuesday a 50-year-old man was arrested by West Mercia police on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following a tweet that was posted on Sunday night.

The man, who was not named by police, was subsequently released under investigation.

Commenting on the inquiry, Inspector Pete Nightingale, from Worcester police station, said: "We encourage people to make these reports and are pleased with the speed at which we have been able to deal with this incident.

"We continue to work with the local football community and have links with the local clubs to ensure that this behaviour is dealt with appropriately."

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