A TEENAGER who racially abused Marcus Rashford over his Euro 2020 final penalty miss has been jailed for six weeks.
Justin Lee Price, 19, sent the England star, 24, the offensive message targeting his skin colour.
Teen Justin Lee Price who racially abused Marcus Rashford over his Euro 2020 final penalty miss has been jailed for six weeksCredit: Getty
Man U ace Rashford was sent an offensive message targeting his skin colourCredit: AP
It read: “YOU F****** STUPID ****** MISSING A FREE PEN MY DEAD NAN COULD HAVE SCORED THAT.”
Price watched the shoot-out loss to Italy in the bedroom of his family home.
He changed his Twitter username to avoid detection after the tweet was reported and initially denied posting the online message when questioned by police.
But the teen later admitted it to officers during a second interview.
Price, of Worcester, West Mids, pleaded guilty to sending a grossly offensive message by public communication network at a previous hearing.
He was yesterday sentenced at Kidderminster magistrates’ court.
Mark Johnson, senior crown prosecutor, said: “Price targeted a footballer based on the colour of his skin and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime.”
Douglas Mackay, also of the CPS, added: “The UK football policing unit’s mid-season report has shown a significant rise in football-related criminality compared to pre-pandemic levels.
“Hate crimes such as this have significant impact on victims.”
Hundreds of social media accounts were reported and a number of arrests followed.
Jonathon Best, 52, from Hounslow, West London, was the first to be jailed after livestreaming his racist tirade on Facebook.