Marcus Rashford was reportedly abused after the Euro final.© AFP
A teenager has been sentenced to six weeks in prison for racially insulting England striker Marcus Rashford on Twitter after the Euro 2020 final. Justin Lee Price, 19, was sentenced on Wednesday at Kidderminster Magistrates Court in central England. He posted a racist message on Twitter on July 11 last year after Manchester United striker Rashford missed a penalty as England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Price initially tried to evade detection by changing his Twitter username after the post was reported, prosecutors said.
He later denied the offense in his first police interview following his arrest, but later admitted to posting the tweet.
Senior prosecutor Mark Johnson said: “Price targeted a football player based on his skin color and his actions were clearly racist and hate crimes.
“I hope this case sends a message that we will not tolerate racism and the offenders will be prosecuted fully according to the law.”
Rashford’s England team -mates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were also targeted online following their penalty kicks in the Euro 2020 final, leading to widespread calls to curb racist abuse on social media.
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