Euro 2022: police probes opened into abusive online posts

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More than half of the content reported during the Euro 2022 final was classified as hate speech



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UEFA has announced that a police investigation has been launched into abusive online content during Euro 2022. (Image: Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

Seven police investigations into abusive online content at Euro 2022 are now open, UEFA has announced.

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All data from UEFA’s dedicated reporting platform, launched at the start of the competition, has been shared with English authorities.

The governing body also revealed that more than half of the flagged posts during Sunday’s finale were classified as hate speech.

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The bulk of Sunday’s abusive content, 58 percent, was targeted at teams, while 19 percent was targeted at competitions and competition-related accounts.

A total of 60 percent of the flagged content has already been removed since the start of Euro 2022, according to UEFA.

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England’s Lionesses celebrate winning the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Trophy (Image: Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

What did UEFA say?

A total of 189 social media posts were flagged for review during the England-Germany competition, of which 119 “could be reported directly to social media platforms for removal”, according to a UEFA report.

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“To facilitate access to legal remedies, all data has been shared with England Police, with seven investigations currently pending,” read the statement, which pledged “to step up surveillance efforts over the finals of all women’s competitions over the next three years.” .

“The actions surrounding online abuse will continue after the final whistle at Wembley. UEFA will build on the lessons learned over the past month to focus on all of its final tournaments, including the youth, women’s and men’s finals.”

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Hate speech accounted for 51 percent of reported content in the final, while 45 percent was classified as sexist. Racist and homophobic posts each accounted for two percent.

Referees were the target of 12 percent of tagged posts, while individual players received 10 percent and coaches 1 percent of hateful content.

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