25/06/2012 09:27 BST | Updated 25/06/2012 09:34 BST

Euro 2012: Met Police Investigating 'Racist' Tweets After England Crash Out Of Euros

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into alleged racist tweets posted on Sunday night following England's penalty shootout defeat to Italy at Euro 2012.

The investigations relate to remarks made about England's Ashley Cole and Ashley Young, who both missed penalties as England crashed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

"We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night’s England game," the Met said in a statement on Monday

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

The MPS announced the investigation on their Twitter account, @metpoliceuk.

Earlier this year, a number of arrests have been made due to tweets breaching the law.

Student Liam Stacey, 21, was jailed for tweets racially abusing Fabrice Muamba as he lay on the pitch in cardiac arrest, while police also opened an investigation following alleged racial abuse of Newcastle defender James Perch on the social networking site.

In an unrelated case, the Met Police made three arrests in Bedford after clashes between 150 English and Italian fans forced the town's high street to be cordoned off.