Marcus Rashford has been a victim of racial abuse. © APA / AFP / Frank Augustine
Most of the racist insults on Twitter against English football players came from Great Britain after the European Championship.
10. August 2021
This comes from a report that the short messaging service published on Tuesday. Due to the international nature of Euro 2020, tweets came from around the world, Twitter said. However, it is important to recognize that the United Kingdom is the country from where the most derogatory posts “by far” came from, which were removed on the evening of the final and the days that followed.
The social media company reported that on the evening of the final on July 11 and in the 24 hours after, 1,622 tweets were automatically recognized and deleted. 99 percent of users whose accounts were blocked because of such insults were clearly identifiable. According to Twitter, it is therefore unlikely that verification by ID required by some would have prevented racist hostility.
Last week the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) announced that 11 people had been arrested following racist comments against England professionals Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. Of the 600 references to insults received against the three, 207 were classified as criminal. The UKFPU report does not state that the racist comments come primarily from Great Britain. According to this, 123 had come from abroad and 34 from the United Kingdom.