Fighting against Racism in Football and Sports as a whole: Man Jailed Eight Weeks For Racially Abusing West Bromwich Player on social media
Simon Silwood, 50, targeted Sawyers after West Bromwich lost 5-0 to Manchester City in an English Premier League match in January. Birmingham Magistrates Court found him guilty of having posted a “grossly offensive message”.
West Bromwich banned Simon Silwood for life earlier this month.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that during his police interview, Simon Silwood admitted to posting a message on social media after becoming upset by the 5-0 defeat but blamed an error made by using predictive text.
The court ordered Simon Silwood to pay 500 pounds ($684) in compensation and 500 pounds in court costs.
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Several players have been subjected to racial abuse online in recent months, especially in the Premier League, and English soccer has been piling pressure on social media firms to do more to tackle the problem.