Racist Twitter attacks launched against Manchester United winger Ashley Young and Chelsea’s Ashley Cole are being slammed as ‘appalling an unacceptable’ by football chiefs.
The players both missed penalties during England’s inevitable penalty shootout loss to Italy on Sunday and were subject to racist abuse on Twitter.
Police are investigating a series of comments made by a user and the FA’s chiefs are fully behind their operation.
The FA said: "We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter.
"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 returned home with the England squad following the 4-2 shootout defeat in the quarter-final.
And immediately after, one user began goading on Twitter yet claimed he would be safe – three months after a Welsh student was jailed for 56 days for mocking Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba after his cardiac arrest.
The Tweeter wrote: "All I got to say is this was just a joke, you guys need to relax, police know I was kidding 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 June 25 by a member of the public relating to comments on a Twitter account supposedly based in London."