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A man has been arrested for racist abuse of England players on social media after Sunday’s final defeat at Euro 2020.

Greater Manchester Police said the 37-year-old Ashton-Upon-Mersey man was arrested on suspicion of breaching the Malicious Communications Act, after reporting to Cheadle Heath Police Station on Wednesday morning.

He remains in detention for questioning.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka suffered a torrent of racist abuse on social media after failing to score in a penalty shootout against Italy on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory, of GMP’s Trafford Division, said: “The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was an extremely unifying event for our country on Sunday night.

“We are firm in our commitment, any racist abuse whether online or offline is not acceptable.

“We now have a man in custody and our investigation is continuing.”

It follows the arrest of a man on Tuesday by police investigating a racist tweet aimed at Rashford.

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West Mercia Police said the 50-year-old man, from Powick, near Worcester, was arrested on charges of inciting racial hatred following reports of an inappropriate tweet posted on Sunday.

The man, who has not been named by police, has since been released under investigation.

Inspector Pete Nightingale of the Worcester Police Station said: “We encourage people to make these reports and are happy with the speed at which we were able to deal with this incident.

“We continue to work with the local football community and have links with local clubs to ensure this behavior is dealt with appropriately.”

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