Chelsea Fan Jailed for Eight Weeks Over Anti-Semitic Statements on Twitter

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A Chelsea instrumentality has been jailed connected Friday for posting a bid of racist posts connected Twitter.

Nathan Blagg, 21, was sentenced to eight weeks successful custody astatine Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He has pleaded blameworthy astatine the aforesaid tribunal connected Oct. 8 to seven counts of sending by nationalist connection web an violative matter.

Blagg’s condemnation was accrued from 5 weeks aft the Crown Prosecution Service applied for an summation successful his condemnation to bespeak the radical hate crime constituent astatine the sentencing hearing.

According to UK law, immoderate fishy of a transgression motivated by oregon demonstrating hostility based on the 5 hatred transgression categories tin beryllium prosecuted arsenic a hatred crime, for which the CPS tin petition an accrued sentence.

District Judge Michael Hamilton told Blagg lone contiguous custody would beryllium a suitable punishment for his “abhorrent and grossly offensive” statements connected Twitter.

Nathan Blagg Nathan Blagg arriving astatine Westminster Magistrates’ Court successful London connected Nov. 5, 2021. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Chelsea Football Club’s information squad reported Blagg’s Twitter relationship to the Metropolitan Police earlier this twelvemonth aft the nine received a ailment from a West Bromwich Albion protagonist astir an violative tweet that referenced erstwhile subordinate Cyrille Regis who died successful 2018 and subsequently found much violative and anti-Semitic tweets from the account.

The constabulary recovered the relationship belonged to Blagg, a Chelsea play summons holder, and identified much violative tweets during the investigation.

According to the CPS, Blagg wrote “for the adjacent 48 hours I tin tweet arsenic overmuch antisemitism arsenic I similar without being told off” connected Twitter up of a lucifer against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

He posted a representation of the bid tracks to Nazi attraction campy Auschwitz connected Twitter with the message: “Spurs are connected their mode to Auschwitz,” the tribunal heard.

Another station featured a fake representation of erstwhile wellness caput Matt Hancock holding a microphone saying the aforesaid words.

Other tweets included a photograph and video of Nazi salutes, and 1 connection referring to the German operation adopted by Adolf Hitler’s enactment read: “Sieg Heiling astir my surviving country arsenic we speak.”

The justice said the contented of the messages was “despicable.”

“References to the holocaust and different matters cannot connected immoderate presumption ever beryllium categorised arsenic banter,” helium said.

Maeve Thornton, representing Blagg, who works successful roadworthy operation and lives astatine location with his parents, told the tribunal helium has a “lack of maturity,” and that helium had removed himself from Twitter and was “deeply remorseful.”

Blagg is the seventh lawsuit wherever shot fans person been convicted of online abuse.

Euro 2020 final (L-R) England squad shot players Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, and Marcus Rashford during Euro 2020 last astatine the Wembley Stadium successful London connected July 11, 2021. (Frank Augstein/Facundo Arrizabalaga/Paul Ellis/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

Three men were separately convicted of abusing England players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka aft the unsuccessful Euro 2020 punishment shootout against Italy.

Jonathon Best, 52, was sentenced to 10 weeks successful prison, Bradford Pretty, 50, was handed a condemnation of 50 days suspended for 12 months, portion Scott McCluskey, 43, was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

Simon Silwood, 50, was handed an eight-week condemnation for radical maltreatment of West Brom subordinate Romaine Sawyers.

A 17-year-old who cannot beryllium named due to the fact that of his property was handed a restraining bid aft sending racist maltreatment implicit Instagram to Aston villa subordinate Tykeik Wright.

Dean Simpson, 24, is owed to beryllium sentenced aboriginal this period for shouting racist maltreatment astatine Warrington Town goalkeeper Myles Boney during a punishment shootout.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is simply a freelance writer mostly covering UK quality for The Epoch Times.

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