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Protestors demonstrate by a mural of England forward Marcus Rashford after it was defaced in Manchester, England. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP via Getty Images

Four people have been arrested in connection with online racist abuse of England soccer players after Sunday's European Championship final, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: A specialist team is looking into the offensive comments made against three Black players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka — on social media sites, according to U.K. police.

  • A hate crime investigation led by the U.K. Football Policing Unit is also underway, per Reuters.
  • All three soccer players missed their penalty shots during Sunday's shootout, which Italy won 3-2 after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

What they're saying: "We are working very closely with social media platforms, who are providing data we need to progress enquiries," chief constable Mark Roberts, the officer responsible for leading Britain's policing response on soccer issues, said, per Reuters.

  • "If we identify that you are behind this crime, we will track you down and you will face the serious consequences of your shameful actions."

The big picture: The government condemned the racist comments and vowed to take action against social media companies if they do not swiftly remove offensive material online.

  • There had been 897 soccer-related incidents and 264 arrests in the 24 hours around the final, a big increase on previous soccer tournaments in 2016 and 2018, per Reuters.

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Brazil-Argentina soccer game stopped by health officials

Argentina's Lionel Messi (left) and Brazil's Neymar join in as health agency officials enter the soccer pitch during a South American World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday. Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil and Argentina's soccer World Cup qualifier was postponed minutes after it began when Brazilian health officials intervened and raised concerns COVID-19 protocols had been broken Sunday.

Driving the news: South American soccer's governing body, CONMEBOL, confirmed the match at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica Arena was suspended, after the health officials ran onto the pitch. The players walked off the field with the game at 0-0.

Sep 5, 2021 - Sports

NFL will allow players to display social justice messages on helmets

A "Stop Hate" slogan on the back of a New York Jets player's helmet. Photo: Al Pereira/Getty Images

The NFL will allow players to display choice social justice messages on their helmets and will stencil in "It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” messages in the end zones of every field, the Associated Press reported.

Why it matters: Approximately 70% of the NFL's active players are Black and the initiative is an effort by league officials to display solidarity with players protesting social justice causes like Black Lives Matter, per the New York Times.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

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