A Chelsea fan who posted antisemitic and racist tweets aimed at Tottenham Hotspur fans has been jailed for eight weeks.
Nathan Blagg had informed police his tweets have been “banter between mates”, however they included photographs of Auschwitz and a person doing a Nazi salute.
He was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading responsible to seven counts of sending offensive messages between 29 September final 12 months and 5 February.
Blagg, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, posted an image of the practice tracks to Nazi focus camp Auschwitz on Twitter with the message: “Spurs are on their option to Auschwitz”, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Another submit featured a faked image of former well being secretary Matt Hancock holding a microphone saying the identical factor.
Other tweets included a photograph and video of Nazi salutes, and one message, referring to the German phrase adopted by Adolf Hitler’s social gathering, learn: “Sieg Heiling round my lounge as we converse.”
Prosecutor David Roberts stated the tweets in regards to the Tottenham aspect have been extra offensive within the context of “a historical past of affiliation with the Jewish neighborhood”.
The messages have been noticed by a West Bromwich fan and investigated by the safety group at Chelsea, who handed them on to police.
District Judge Michael Hamilton described Blagg’s tweets as “abhorrent and grossly offensive”, including that solely an instantaneous jail sentence can be an acceptable punishment.
The decide stated: “Quite frankly, the content material of those messages was despicable.
“References to the holocaust and different issues can not on any view ever be categorised a banter.”
Road building employee Blagg, 21, has eliminated himself from Twitter and has been banned from attending football matches.
Maeve Thornton, representing Blagg, who lives together with his dad and mom, informed the courtroom he had a “lack of maturity”.
She added that he had “taken duty for his actions” and that the danger of him re-offending was “very low”.
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