A football fan was charged in connection with a racist social media post that was shared online, following the Euro 2020 final football match. Next month Scott McCluskey, 43, of Runcorn, will appear in Warrington Magistrates’ Court charged with using a public communication network to send an offensive/abusive message.
Cheshire Police said the charge stemmed from a Facebook message posted on Monday, July 12 – the day after England lost a penalty shootout to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. According to Daily Mail, McCluskey of Blyth Close is scheduled to appear in court on September 8.
Information about the wording’s use or who it allegedly targeted has been kept unknown by the Police. Racist comments targeting players such as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka surfaced on social media after England’s 3-2 defeat in the tournament.
Mark Roberts, Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for football policing, spoke out against racism directed at England team members. “Hate crime in any form is simply not acceptable,” he said at the time.
“The racial abuse aimed at our own players following Sunday night’s game was totally abhorrent and has quite rightly shocked and appalled people across the country. Those in the England team have been true role models throughout the tournament, conducting themselves with professionalism and dignity.”
“I’m disgusted that there are a number of individuals out there who think it’s acceptable to direct such abuse at them, or at anybody else. We are working very closely with social media platforms to trace those responsible for these utterly vile messages.”
“I want to make it clear to anyone thinking of doing anything similar that you cannot simply hide behind a computer screen, using pseudo names to conceal your identity. Rest assured that we will track you down and you will face the consequences of your reprehensible actions.”
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