A man has been arrested after racist messages aimed at England players were posted on social media following the side’s European Championship final loss against Italy, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The 37-year-old from Ashton upon Mersey in Trafford handed himself in to police on Wednesday morning. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing an offence under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act and remains in custody for questioning.

The social media post, sent on Sunday evening, was flagged to GMP.

Detective Inspector Matt Gregory said: “The actions of a small number of people overshadowed what was a hugely unifying event for our country on Sunday evening.

“We are firm in our commitment, any racist abuse whether online or off is not acceptable.

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