May 21, 2021

8 Arrested for Online Racist Abuse of Spurs Player

London’s Metropolitan Police (Met) confirmed that eight men have recently been arrested, while four others are in custody and being interviewed, for the alleged online racial abuse targeted at an unnamed Tottenham Hotspur player.

According to reports, the racial abuse incident took place on Twitter following a Premier League clash between Spurs and Manchester United on Sunday, 11 April.

The abuse was initially detected by Man United’s online racist abuse-reporting tool and then was flagged to the police in Manchester.

The Met led the investigation until the suspects were detained. The arrests and interviews took place across England and Wales.

Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson of the Met’s public order crime team emphasised that these arrests will send a message that those who are found guilty of online abuse will face serious consequences.

He said: “This action makes it abundantly clear that police will not stand for racist thuggery, even if it is committed online.”

Spurs took to Twitter to welcome the action taken by sharing the Met’s post about the arrests.

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