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A man has been arrested after social media posts were directed towards England football team players following the Euro 2020 final.

The suspect, aged 37, from Ashton-on-Mersey in Sale, self-presented at Cheadle Heath police station this morning (14 July 21). He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act. He remains in custody for questioning.


A post was made on the evening of 11 July, following the Italy v England Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

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 Alternatively you can visit”