A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to six weeks in jail for racially abusing England and Manchester United Marcus Rashford on Twitter after the Euro 2020 final.
Justin Lee Price, who initially tried to avoid detention changed his Twitter handle after directing a slur at Rashford after England’s defeat in a penalty shoot-out against Italy last summer.
He was apprehended and admitted one count of sending a grossly offensive message by public communication network at a hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on March 17.
A native of Grandison Gardens, Worcester, Lee was sentenced on Wednesday at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court in Worcester.
Mark Johnson, senior Crown prosecutor for CPS West Midlands, said:
“Price targeted a 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.
“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.”
Douglas Mackay, the CPS sports lead prosecutor, said hate crimes relating to football have risen significantly over recent years.
“The UK Football Policing Unit’s internal mid-season report has shown a significant rise in football-related criminality compared to pre-pandemic levels.
“At the CPS, we play a crucial role in tackling these crimes and making our national sport inclusive and safe to watch.
“There is no place for hate in football and hate crimes such as this has significant impact on victims.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the Football Association also condemned the racial slur after the defeat to Italy.