England could walk off the pitch if they hear racist abuse in the stands during their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Several incidents of racist abuse have blighted the Premier League this season while Monday’s match with Bulgaria will be played in a partially closed stadium because of the host fans’ racist behaviour in June.
Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, told reporters that the squad has discussed what to do if there is more racist abuse in the stands.
“If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us,’’ the BBC quoted Abraham as saying.
“Harry Kane, the captain, even said that if we’re not happy if a player is not happy, we all come off the pitch together.’’
Under UEFA rules, there is a three-step protocol for racist abuse, which can end with a match being abandoned.
Abraham said England would consider just walking off the pitch, a feeling backed up by team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“If it does get extreme we may have to take a different action,’’ he said.
“It’s a team decision, one that we all need to make.
“It doesn’t matter if one player is abused or the team, we are one group.
“Nobody should be made to feel uncomfortable on the pitch.
“Everyone should be given the chance to play in a fair environment.
“We are a team. If one person is abused then we all are, we are one big family.’’ (NAN)
Edited by Halima Sheji/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Nigeria Police, INTERPOL arrest 3 suspects over cybercrime
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three suspects over advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the suspects were arrested in Uromi, Edo following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.
The FPRO said investigations had revealed that one of the suspect, 30 was an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate.
He said the suspect supplies foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use same as conduit to other feeder accounts.
Mba said a building worth N20 million, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6.5 million, and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2 million procured with the proceeds of the crime were recovered from the suspect.
He said the second suspect, 32, returned to Nigeria from Italy in February, but maintained close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates.
The FPRO said investigations had revealed that he had made over N120 million from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.
He said investigation had also shown that he received the sum of 52, 000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal.
Mba said the suspect also own a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.
The FPRO said the third suspect, 36, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen.
“He also poses to be one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he uses to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally.
“Investigation has revealed that he has made millions of Naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate,” he said.
In a related development, Mba said that Police operatives had successfully rescued an American citizen, confined in a Lagos hotel where she was held against her wish for over a year.
He said the victim who hailed from Washington DC, USA and a retired civil servant in the US, had arrived Nigeria on Feb. 13, 2019.
The FPRO said the victim was on a visit to a 34-year-old man and a native of Ikeduru LGA of Imo whom she met on Facebook.
He said the victim was rescued by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun Annex following information received from a patriotic and civic minded Nigerian.
“The rescue of the American lady is coming on the heels of a similar case of abducted Philippino lady who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Facebook.
“Investigations reveal that the suspect is a graduate of Business Administration and Management and an internet fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public both locally and internationally.
“The suspect, deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on May 15, 2019.
“He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, extorted from her, monies amounting to a total of 48,000 US dollars,” he said.
Mba said the suspect also forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances.
He said the suspect also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies.
Mba said all the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation for prosecution in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Urgent: United States fighter plane crashes off England
Athens works to create Great Walk initiative
One of the main and busiest streets in Athens, Panepistimiou street, is seen under construction in Athens, Greece, June 14, 2020. The Municipality of Athens has begun working on Sunday to create the Great Walk initiative which includes the construction of pedestrian walks and safe bicycle paths at the center of the city, reducing the vehicles’ lanes at certain streets. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport in England
A person wearing a face mask looks at her phone on the London Underground in London, Britain on June 10, 2020. Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from June 15 to help contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on June 4. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)