Manchester man arrested over alleged offensive social media post directed at England team after Euro 2020 final

Italy and England players line up ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London

(PA Wire)
13:48pm, Wed 14 Jul 2021
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A man has been arrested for an alleged offensive social media post directed at the England football team after the Euro 2020 final.

The suspect, 37, self-presented at Cheadle Heath police station on Wednesday morning, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act.

The suspect, from Ashton-Upon-Mersey, Greater Manchester, remained in custody for questioning.

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.

“If you think you have information on this post, we’d like to hear from you on 0161 856 4973, quoting incident number 109 of 12/7/2021.

“You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Anyone who has been a victim, or witness of hate crime, please do report it at your earliest opportunity, using 101, LiveChat or online at gmp.police.uk. Alternatively you can visit www.letsendhatecrime.com.”

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