Teenager who racistly abused Marcus Rashford on Twitter after Euro 2020 jailed for six weeks



A 19-year-old has been jailed for six weeks for being racist abuses Marcus Rashford on Twitter after the European Championship 2020 final.

Justin Lee Price of Worcester was convicted on Wednesday at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Price used the n-word against the 24-year-old Manchester United striker after England’s defeat in the final against Italy at Wembley, which relied on penalty shootout. Rashford was one of three English players to miss penalties.

In a tweet, posted on July 11, Mr. Price: “@SzzOGz @MarcusRashford YOU F ****** STUPID N ***** MISSING A FREE PEN MY DEAD NAN COULD HAVE SCORED IT”, according to a Crown Prosecutor (CPS) official.

He initially tried to avoid detection by changing his Twitter username after the post was reported, CPS said.

The teenager then denied the offense in his first police interview after his arrest, but later admitted to posting the tweet when he was questioned by officers for the second time.

At Worcester Magistrates’ Court on March 17, he pleaded guilty to one charge of sending a grossly offensive message via the public communications network.

English star Rashford was the target of racism along with Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after they each missed a penalty kick during the European Championship 2020 final.

In a statement after the abuse, Rashford said: “I can criticize my performance all day long, my punishment was not good enough, it should have gone in, but I will never apologize for who I am and where I came from. ”

Mark Johnson, senior prosecutor for the CPS West Midlands, said on Wednesday: “The award was aimed at a footballer based on his skin color and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime. Those who racistly abuse footballers ruin the game for everyone.

“I hope this case sends out the message that we will not tolerate racism and offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

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Douglas Mackay, the CPS’s chief prosecutor for sports, said hate crimes related to football have increased markedly in recent years.

“That British football police units internal mid-season report has shown a significant increase in football-related crime compared to pre-pandemic levels.

At CPS, we play a crucial role in tackling these crimes and making our national sport inclusive and safe to watch.

“There is no room for hatred in football, and hate crimes like this have a significant impact on the victims.”

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