Yesterday, Thursday, an English court sentenced a West Bromwich Albion fan to eight weeks in prison for racially abusing one of his team’s players via Facebook.
A judge at a Birmingham court said when sentencing the fan, who claims Simon Selwood, had shown “extremely minimal” remorse.
She continued: “In my view, this falls into the category of greatest damage. We have to accept that it had a broader impact and a significant impact on Mr. Romain Sowers (West Bromwich Albion).”
Selwood had published a racist message about Romain Sowers, a black player, after West Brom’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City in the English Premier League, on January 26.
Selwood, 50, has denied the abuse, telling police his message was “stupid, not racist”, and claimed the autocorrect had changed a word to make it read “monkey” instead of “clown”.
West Bromwich Albion had previously issued a decision banning Selwood for life from entering the team’s stadium.