Social media abuse: Twitter says UK ‘by far’ primary origin of feedback after Euro 2020 ultimate

Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford


Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were all racially abused on social media after England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy

The UK was “by far” the main origin of the “abhorrent racist abuse” on Twitter after England lost the Euro 2020 final, the social media platform has said.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were abused after missing in the penalty shootout loss to Italy.

Twitter removed 1,622 tweets in the next 24 hours but identify verification “would have been unlikely to prevent the abuse”, it said.external-link

“Of the permanently suspended accounts, 99% of their owners were identifiable.”

Police arrested 11 people for sending racist social media messages after the final, with almost four times more of the criminal comments being posted by people overseas than in the UK.

However, Twitter said: “While many have quite rightly highlighted the global nature of the conversation, it is also important to acknowledge the UK was – by far – the largest country of…