UK: Football fan sentenced to eight weeks in jail for posting on Facebook

Source: Seattle Times

“A supporter of English club West Bromwich Albion was handed a jail sentence of eight weeks on Thursday for racially abusing one of his own team’s players on Facebook. Simon Silwood posted a racist message about Romaine Sawyers, who is [b]lack, following West Brom’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on Jan. 26. … Silwood, 50, denied the offence, telling police his message was ‘stupid not racial’ and claiming autocorrect had changed a word to make it read ‘baboon’ instead of ‘buffoon.’ Silwood, who has been banned for life by West Brom, was convicted last month after a judge ruled he was ‘not a credible witness’ and had meant the post to be offensive. The court heard that Sawyers … was left feeling ‘harassed, alarmed and distressed’ after reading it.” (09/30/21)