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The Metropolitan Police have opened an inquiry after Arsenal and England midfielder Bukayo Saka received terrible racist abuse on social media.

The Gunners reported the racial troll to X executives over the weekend and demanded that the post be removed.

The Premier League heavyweights have stepped up their own hunt for the offender by collaborating with data science firm Signify.

The tech firm, which utilizes artificial intelligence to help identify abusive social media users, began working with Arsenal after Saka, his England teammates Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho were all racially attacked after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

Last year, 18 Arsenal players were suspended as a result of its investigations.

Scotland Yard confirmed to The Sun that officers are investigating the latest abusive message, although no arrests have been made at this time.

The 22-year-old attacker, who appeared in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa yesterday, received a frightening remark from a social media user who stated that he ‘has to be humbled before he damages this sport any more’.

The post occurred after Saka was accused of diving for a penalty in the dying moments of Arsenal’s 2-2 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

It is understood that the troll’s account has been made private, thus it is uncertain whether the post has been removed or not.

However, The Sun on Sunday claimed that X declined to remove the tweet after it was reported because it ‘did not breach safety regulations’.

According to an Arsenal source, “Player welfare is our first priority, and we are completely focused on supporting Bukayo.” We launched our own investigation to identify the offender and contacted X.

‘We will always take decisive action to stop this awful behavior.’

Saka received horrible racist comments following England’s Euro 2020 collapse, and the Met Police examined another vile message about him in April 2023, when he missed a penalty against West Ham.

According to a FIFA-commissioned analysis on social media abuse directed at players, Saka and Rashford were the two most harassed players after the Euro 2020 final.

Along with Sancho, who faced a barrage of angry abuse, the two missed crucial penalties as England was defeated by Italy in the final at Wembley.

Rashford and Saka each received over 80 posts of hate, the most of which were racially aggravated. Saka got over 120 unpleasant posts, with more than 60 of them being ethnically motivated.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated at the time: “Our duty is to protect football, and that begins with the players who bring so much joy and happiness to all of us through their exploits on the field of play.”

“Unfortunately, there is a trend forming in which a percentage of posts on social media platforms aimed towards players, coaches, match officials, and the teams themselves is not appropriate, and this form discrimination, like other forms of discrimination, has no place in football.

 

 

 

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