A Leyton Orient fan who allegedly racially abused England footballers has had his ban upgraded from three years to life.

The League two club yesterday announced a season ticket holder had been banned for three years – with the cost of his ticket refunded – after posts on Twitter were reported to the club following England’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy on Sunday.

However, by the evening the club had upgraded the ban to life following ‘feedback from supporters and the community’.

A club spokesperson said: “The supporter in question’s actions on Twitter were alerted to the Club late last night, and action has been taken swiftly to issue a banning order.

“As the Club has repeatedly made clear, we take a zero-tolerance approach to any racist abuse or discrimination.

“The club is extremely proud of its diverse history, and continues to work with local authorities and governing bodies to enact change.”

Gareth Southgate described the racist online abuse directed at some of England’s players after the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy as “unforgivable”.

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were all targeted by abusive posts in the wake of their missed penalties in the shoot-out.