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A teen in England became sentenced to six weeks in jail for racially abusing Manchester United star Marcus Rashford on Twitter.
The Crown Prosecution Carrier acknowledged Justin Lee Price posted a racist tweet on the social media platform in July after England misplaced to Italy on penalties within the final of the 2021 European Championship.
Price pleaded guilty to 1 count of sending a grossly offensive message by public dialog community.
"Price focused a footballer in step with the coloration of his pores and skin and his circulation became clearly racist and a hate crime," CPS representative Ticket Johnson acknowledged. "Of us that racially abuse footballers ruin the game for all. I am hoping this case sends out the message that we is just not going to tolerate racism, and offenders will be prosecuted to the entire extent of the rules."
England and Italy went to a penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 stalemate by arrangement of time beyond rules. Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka overlooked their penalties to seal the Three Lions' defeat.
All three gamers had been eager with social media within the instantaneous aftermath of the final result. The Athletic reported that a mural of Rashford in Manchester, England, became defaced as properly.
The English Soccer Association issued a exclaim announcing it "strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the on-line racism that has been aimed at a pair of of our England gamers on social media."
FA Spokesperson @FAspokesperson
Months earlier, Rashford forwarded racist messages he had obtained to native authorities within the wake of Manchester United's loss to Villarreal within the final of the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford MBE @MarcusRashford
No longer decrease than 70 racial slurs on my social accounts counted to this level. For these working to make me feel any worse than I already attain, correct luck attempting 👍🏾
The field hasn't been isolated to Rashford or varied members of the England national team. Compare completed by the Authentic Footballers' Association realized that on-line racist abuse of gamers elevated at some level of the 2020-21 campaign and higher than 75 p.c of accounts accountable for the abuse had been still energetic, as of July 2021.
In February 2021, the Premier League shared an begin letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder Ticket Zuckerberg from a community of English soccer officers inquiring for added to be done to curb abuse on social media.