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Four people have been arrested after England footballers were racially abused online following their Euro 2020 final defeat.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were targeted after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts said the abuse was “utterly vile”.

“If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and you will face the serious consequences of your shameful actions,” he said.

Police said “a torrent of racist comments aimed at some of the team’s black players” appeared on social media platforms on Sunday, after England lost on penalties to Italy in the final at Wembley.

The UK Football Policing Unit said its team was working through “a significant number of reports of racist abuse”.

Local police forces had made the four arrests, a statement said.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, National Police Chiefs’ Council football policing lead, said the racial abuse “has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country”.

By Nmg

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