English Premiership

Jail time for Muamba tweeter

2012-03-27 13:08
Fabrice Muamba (File)
London - A British university student was on Tuesday jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred, after posting offensive comments on Twitter about the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Magistrates in Swansea, south Wales, sent 21-year-old biology undergraduate Liam Stacey to prison after he admitted the charge at a previous hearing last week. He broke down in tears as he was taken away in handcuffs.

Sentencing the student, district judge John Charles said there was "no alternative" to an immediate prison sentence, as when Muamba collapsed "it was not the football world who was praying for him... everybody was praying for his life".

Stacey's remarks on Twitter as the footballer battled for his life were "vile and abhorrent", the judge added.

The student was reported to police and arrested after posting a number of tweets on the micro-blogging site mocking the player, who collapsed with a cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur on March 17.

Stacey was taken to task by other users after he used offensive language to say that the player had died, prompting him to respond with a tirade of personal abuse.

Swansea University said last week that they had suspended Stacey pending a formal disciplinary hearing.

Muamba, whom doctors said was effectively dead for 78 minutes as they administered artificial resuscitation, has since made a "miraculous" recovery but is still in a serious but stable condition in intensive care at a London hospital.

The 23-year-old midfielder was on Monday said to be making "encouraging" progress and had even managed to sit out of bed and watch television, doctors at the London Chest Hospital said in a statement.

His collapse led to the FA Cup tie being abandoned. The match is due to be replayed at Spurs' White Hart Lane ground on Tuesday night. A number of Bolton players were seen visiting their colleague in hospital ahead of the game.

In a separate case last Wednesday, magistrates in Newcastle, northeast England, ordered another student to complete a two-year community order with 240 hours unpaid work for sending a string of abusive tweets to former footballer Stan Collymore.

Newcastle University student Joshua Cryer, 21, admitted sending the messages to the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest player, who now works as a radio and television pundit.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
Fixtures
20 December 2014
Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Etihad Stadium 14:45
West Ham United v Leicester City, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Southampton v Everton, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Hull City v Swansea City, The KC Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Manchester United, Villa Park 17:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley, White Hart Lane 17:00
21 December 2014
Newcastle United v Sunderland, St. James' Park 15:30
Liverpool v Arsenal, Anfield 18:00
22 December 2014
Stoke City v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.