UK Student Jailed for Racist Tweets About Muamba
A British student has been jailed for almost two months for tweeting insensitive and racist comments after the collapse of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba.
Fabrice Muamba's Bolton Wanderers were playing a match against Tottenham on St. Patrick's Day when the 23-year-old midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest on the field. The incident was seen by thousands of people, both in the stadium and on live television, and stunned the nation. Muamba is thankfully now on the mend, but a 21-year-old Swansea University student is facing the consequences after making insensitive and racist comments about the incidenct.
The Guardian reports that Liam Stacey was arrested after tweets made by him were reported to police by Twitter users across Britain. The student today admitted incitement to racial hatred and was jailed for 56 days. Stacey claims he was drunk when he tweeted the first message, which read, "LOL, F*** Muamba. He's dead." When Twitter users criticized his message, he responded with racist messages.
District judge John Charles jailed Stacey for 56 days saying he had no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence "to reflect the public outrage" at what Stacey had done. The student said he was drunk when he sent the messages and that he is not a racist person. "I don't know why I posted it. I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds," he's quoted as saying.