Police are investigating the online racist abuse of two of England's black football stars, including Manchester United winger Ashley Young, after they missed penalty kicks at Euro 2012.
Young and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole were singled on Twitter by one user. In a series of offensive postings, the user goaded others who criticised him.
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."
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.
Steven Gerrard on England's performance after they crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties to Italy in the quarter final.