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Man jailed after tweeting racial abuse towards Marcus Rashford

Man jailed after tweeting racial abuse towards Marcus Rashford

A man who sent a racist tweet directed towards Marcus Rashford during the 2020 Euros has been jailed. 

Rashford was subject to racial abuse after he missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final for England. 

19-year-old Justin Lee Price sent a “clearly racist” tweet to the England forward in July of 2021, The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. 

A spokesman for the CPS said the 19-year-old’s action constituted a “hate crime” 

Price was jailed for six weeks at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court. 

During a hearing on 17 March, Price previously admitted one count of sending a grossly offensive message through a public communication network. 

The BBC have reported Price changed his Twitter username after he posted the racist message to avoid detection. 

Following his arrest, the teenager denied the offence during his first police interview. He later admitted sending the racist message during a second round of questions. 

The CPS spokesman said the tweet included Rashford’s username alongside a racial slur, whilst he claimed that his “dead nan could have scored that” 

Speaking after Price’s sentencing, senior crown prosecutor Mark Johnson said the 19-year-old targeted the footballer “based on the colour of his skin and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime” 

“Those who racially abuse footballers ruin the game for all”, he added. 

“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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