A 21 year old student who used Twitter to post racist comments about footballer Fabrice Muamba has been jailed for 56 days. Liam Stacey posted the comments shortly after the footballer collapsed during a FA Cup match on Saturday 17 March. Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest and is still in intensive care.
The comments included “LOL. **** Muamba. He’s dead!!!”. It occurs to me that these comments themselves, while undoubtedly inappropriate and indecent, are not racist. Perhaps the full comments have not been released?
Stacey later attempted to remove his Twitter page and claim his account had been hacked, but was arrested after other Twitter users reported him.
Source: BBC News article