A football fan who broadcast live on Facebook racially abusing three England players after the Euro 2020 final has been jailed.
Jonathon Best, 52, posted a rant about three black players, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed their shots on goal in the penalty shootout against Italy which England lost, a declared the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Best was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison on Tuesday by the Willesden Magistrates’ Court.
He had previously pleaded guilty to sending an extremely offensive or indecent or obscene or threatening message or subject through a public communications network.
The CPS said the court heard that Best, a forklift driver from Feltham, west London, was caught off guard after a colleague and Facebook friend reported the 18-second clip to Facebook and to the police after refusing to remove it.
Facebook removed the clip three days later.
Elaine Cousins, PSC, said: “While the majority of the nation was very proud that the Three Lions reached their first international final in over 50 years, Jonathon Best took to Facebook to live stream a barrage of racist abuse against the three players who missed penalties during the match.
“He used social media to publicly vilify these three young men who tried to score for England. When a friend on Facebook asked him to remove the grossly offensive content, Best replied: ‘This is my profile , I can do whatever I want. ‘
“There is absolutely no place in the game, or anywhere else, for racism. The PSC is committed to bringing perpetrators of hate crimes to justice when there is evidence to do so.”
She added, “I want to thank the person who reported this appalling hate crime and I hope this lawsuit helps educate and deter people from posting hate on social media.”
In the aftermath of the case, the PSC announced that it is working with police, player organizations and organizations to explain what evidence is needed to pass their legal tests in order to authorize charges in the crime cases. hatred.
Elizabeth Jenkins of CPS said, “Hate crimes like this have a huge impact on players and their mental health.
“The CPS takes this kind of offense very seriously and this case shows that when offensive material is reported to the police, we can successfully bring the offenders to justice.”
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