London, Mar 28(ANI): A 21-year old Swansea University biology undergraduate, Liam Stacey, has been jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred against Bolton Wanderer’s midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s match against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane on March 17.
Stacey had also mocked Muamba after he had collapsed on the field during the FA Cup quarterfinal clash.
Police were swamped with complaints as members of the public reported the student’s comments, and Stacey was quickly tracked down and arrested.
Stacy admitted inciting racial hatred last week when he appeared briefly at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, and on Wednesday he was jailed for 56 days at the same court.
District Judge John Charles told Stacey: “In my view there is no alternative to an immediate prison sentence.”
He said that when Muamba collapsed. “It was not the football world who was praying for him… everybody was praying for his life,” The Telegraph quoted the judge, as saying.
The judge added that abusive remarks made to Stacey “via a social networking site were instigated as a result of vile and abhorrent comments made as a result of a young man who was fighting for his life.” (ANI)