Teenager imprisoned for racially abusing Marcus Rashford on Twitter

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by Jasnoor Kaur

British teenager, Justin Lee Price, aged 19, has been sentenced to a six-week jail term on Wednesday for racially abusing England forward Marcus Rashford after the player had failed to score a penalty in the Euro 2020 Final, confirmed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Price, who had previously denied the accusation after changing his Twitter handle when his post was reported by users to avoid any detention, was sentenced at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court in Central England. He proceeded to then decline any involvement in the incident but ultimately admitted to posting the tweet, said CPS.

 England forward Marcus Rashford’s abuser has been sentenced to a six-week jail time for a racist tweet.
(Source: Economic times)

Rashford, along with England teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, was subjected to online abuse after missing penalties in a shootout against Italy on July 11, 2021, in the European Championship final at Wembley Stadium, post which Price had tweeted a racist comment against him. Trolling and abuse were directed at the players on social media, even as fellow footballers decried the abuse and rallied in support of the international players.

“Price targeted a footballer based on the colour of his skin and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime,” Mark Johnson, top crown prosecutor, CPS West Midlands, remarked in a statement.

Those who racially insult football players taint the game for everyone. I hope that this case conveys the message that racism will not be tolerated and that perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, he added.

According to CPS sports senior prosecutor, Douglas Mackay, hate crimes involving athletic events are on the increase in recent years.

“The internal mid-season report from the UK Football Policing Unit has shown a considerable increase in football-related offences compared to pre-pandemic levels,” he continued.

“At the CPS, we play a critical role in combating these assaults and ensuring that our national sport is diverse and safe to watch.”

“Hate has no place in football, and attacks like this have a profound impact on victims.”

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