Updated: 26/06/2012 14:26 | By pa.press.net

Twitter abuse unacceptable - FA

Ashley Cole (© left)

Ashley Cole (left) has been the subject of abuse on Twitter after his shoot-out miss

The Football Association have branded Twitter attacks on England internationals Ashley Young and Ashley Cole as "appalling and unacceptable".

Both players missed penalties in Sunday night's Euro 2012 quarter-final shoot-out defeat by Italy in Kiev. And now it has transpired attacks have been launched on the popular social networking site.

"We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter," an FA statement read. "They have just given everything for the national team at Euro 2012 and it is appalling and unacceptable that messages of an abusive type are being posted. We support any police investigation in identifying who is behind this."

Cole and Young, who returned home with the remainder of the team on Monday afternoon, were singled out for abuse on Twitter by one user following the 4-2 shoot-out defeat. In a series of offensive postings, the user goaded others who criticised him for his rants.

In one post the tweeter wrote: "All I got to say is this was just a joke, you guys need to relax, police know i was kiddin around and they won't bother me hopefully, cheers."

Another said: "The police won't bother me mate i can assure you that."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night's England game and have launched an investigation.

"The allegation was made to MPS on 25 June by a member of the public relating to comments on a Twitter account supposedly based in London.

"No arrests at this early stage. The MPS is examining possible offences under Section 18/19 Public Order Act 1986."

Student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, South Wales, was jailed for 56 days in March after racially abusing two Twitter users and mocking Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed and almost died.

Hopefully the police will track down this unpleasant piece of flotsam and show him that his racist abuse is no more acceptable here than the Croatian fans was at the EURO's.
26/06/2012 05:55
Cowards who use these type of sites to make racist comments are scum bag low life.
26/06/2012 10:55
They are a disgrace to our country and should be punished for racist comments. Ashley Cole played well for England over the whole tournement, Ashley Young did not. Their colour or which Prem team they play for is irrelevant. Some of the lads did well while others did not. This time we were not good enough but making snide racist comments about our players helps nobody. So ****off lowlifes.
26/06/2012 14:46
The so called "abuse" or criticism should be aimed at the whole team, race doesn't come into it, the whole team were abysmal. The players bring it on themselves telling anyone who will listen how good they are when the actual fact is they are, at best, championship/league 1 level when the top European teams are premiership level. All these players are surrounded by top foreign players in the premier league who basically carry them, when their teammates are the same level as themselves all the flaws are there for everyone to see.  Nobody except the English expected them to do anything, there are probably a dozen European teams that are far better than England. Not one of that England team would warrant a place in a German,Spanish, Italian, Portugese team or many other teams. England have to accept they are not a top team or even a top ten or top twenty team. Until they accept that they will get nowhere.
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