Football fan sentenced for racist message about England players

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

One Scott McCluskey, 43 was handed a suspended jail term in Britain on Wednesday for posting racist comments on social media blaming three black players for England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

Scott McCluskey from Runcorn, Northwest England, singled out Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho in his racial abuse on Facebook.

This act could be likened to that of John Terry in 2011, as he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

McCluskey admitted to having sent the abusive message online and was handed a 14-week jail sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to 30 days of rehabilitation work on racism and diversity overseen by the Probation Service.

The sitting District Judge Nicholas Sanders told McCluskey that: “This sort of online abuse seems to have gained some sort of traction in our society and it is entirely unacceptable.

“It is something which has the capability to cause real harm not just to individuals such as the three footballers concerned but to wider society as a whole.”

We’d hope that this will teach racists a lesson or two.

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