A man who racially assaulted West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers online was sentenced to eight weeks in prison on Thursday.
Simon Silwood, 50, has targeted Sawyers after West Bromwich lost 5-0 to Manchester City in an English Premier League game in January. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of posting a “grossly offensive message”.
West Bromwich banned Silwood for life earlier this month.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said during his interview with police, Silwood admitted to posting a social media post after being upset by the 5-0 loss, but blamed a mistake he made using text predictive.
The judge said his message was “motivated or manifested by hostility based on race.”
“Silwood deliberately chose a word known to have clear racist overtones to abuse a footballer because of the color of his skin. Such behavior will not be tolerated in football and will be continued by the CPS, ”said Mark Johnson of the CPS.
The court ordered Silwood to pay 500 pounds ($ 684) in compensation and 500 pounds in legal costs.
West Bromwich were relegated at the end of last season.
Several players have faced racial abuse online in recent months, particularly in the Premier League, and English football has pressured social media companies to do more to tackle the issue.
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