A teenager was sentenced to six weeks in jail in Worcester, England on Wednesday for racially slurring England soccer player Marcus Rashford on social media last year after the European Championship final.
Justin Lee Price, 19, has targeted Rashford with abuse on Twitter after the Manchester United player missed a penalty in Italy’s winning shootout at Wembley Stadium in July.
Price previously admitted one count of sending a grossly offensive message through a public communications network during a hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on March 17.
Price initially tried to avoid detection by changing his Twitter username after the post was reported, British prosecutors said. He later denied the offense in his first interview with police after his arrest, but later admitted to posting the tweet when questioned by officers a second time.
He was convicted at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court in Worcester.
“Price targeted a footballer because of the color of his skin and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime,” said Mark Johnson of the Crown Prosecution Service. “Those who racially abuse footballers are ruining the game for all. I hope this case sends the message that we will not tolerate racism and that offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”