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Anti-racism protestors demonstrate by a mural of England forward Marcus Rashford after it was defaced on July 13, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP via Getty Images.

11 people have been arrested in connection with online racial abuse towards England soccer players after their loss in the final of the European Championship last month, AP reports.

Driving the news: The U.K. Football Policing Unit requested data from social media companies to investigate the online abuse and passed on information to police, which made the arrests, per AP.

  • "There are people out there who believe they can hide behind a social media profile and get away with posting such abhorrent comments," Cheshire Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who leads soccer policing for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said. "They need to think again."
  • Of the 207 criminal social media posts identified, 123 accounts belong to individuals outside the U.K. The police unit is waiting for information on the remaining 50 account holders, per AP.

Background: A barrage of hateful, racist comments surfaced online following England's loss to Italy in the European Championship final.

  • The offensive comments were made against three Black players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka — on social media sites.
  • All three missed their penalty kicks during the game's shootout, which Italy won.

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Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

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Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.