An England fan who racistly abused Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka on Facebook after the European Championship 2020 final has been in prison for ten weeks.
Forklift driver Jonathon Best, from Feltham, recorded an 18-second Facebook Live video in which he beat the trio of English stars after missing crucial penalties in the penalty shootout loss to Italy.
Best had claimed that he had drunk 12 beers and five double Bacardis when he recorded the video that night, but District Judge Denis Brennan dismissed the allegations, saying the 52-year-old had “cursed them because of their skin color”. , “Chief Justice of Willesden.
As reported by the Evening Standard, the perpetrator had even claimed that he would be sent to rehab or banned from the pubs as his punishment, but the judge insisted that only a prison sentence would be acceptable.
“The words you used were transient, abominable and offensive – they strike at the very nature of our civilized society and are corrosive,” the judge said.
“Even if you’re not responsible for the heinous abuse of another footballer – Louis Saha – this weekend, it’s a sign of how the words you used affect other people.
“It encourages those who want to express similar views.”
The judge added that although he was considering a suspended sentence, an immediate prison sentence was necessary to act as a deterrent to potential perpetrators.
“They should know that the courts in this country will send such people to prison,” he added. “I hope, with this deterrent, that people are trained to behave more appropriately.”
The Chief Justice said that Best was initially asked by his manager to remove the offensive clip, but was defiant and insisted that it should remain.
While claiming that the clip was deleted the morning after the final, the judge did not agree and said: “I do not accept your version of events – it stayed there for three days and you were incredibly offended when you were asked to remove it.”
Best eventually pleaded guilty to sending a grossly offensive or obscene or obscene or threatening message or matter via the public communications network, and he will now serve five weeks in prison and the remaining five weeks of his sentence on license.
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