Chelsea fans imprisoned for eight weeks on anti-Semitic Twitter posts

Chelsea fans were imprisoned on Friday for posting a series of racist posts on Twitter.

21-year-old Nathan Bragg was sentenced to eight weeks in prison in the Magistrates’ Court in Westminster.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of unpleasant problem transmissions by public communications networks in the same court on October 8.

Bragg’s decision was extended five weeks after the public prosecutor’s office applied for an increase in his decision to reflect elements of racial hate crimes at the trial.

According to British law, suspected offenders who motivated or demonstrated hostility based on five hate crime categories could be prosecuted as hate crimes, which CPS could demand an increase in penalties. increase.

District judge Michael Hamilton told Bragg that only immediate custody would be the appropriate punishment for his “disgusting and terribly offensive” remarks on Twitter.

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Nathan Bragg arrives at the Magistrates’ Court in Westminster, London on November 5, 2021. (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

Chelsea Football Club security team sent Bragg’s Twitter account to the Metropolitan Police Department earlier this year after receiving complaints from West Bromwich Albion supporters about an offensive tweet referring to former player Cyril Regis, who died in 2018. I reported. Anti-Semitic tweets from your account.

Police determined that the account belonged to Chelsea season ticket owner Flagg and identified a more offensive tweet during the investigation.

according to CPSBragg wrote on Twitter prior to the match against Tottenham Hotspur FC: “For the next 48 hours, you can tweet as much anti-Semitism as you like without being told.”

The court heard that he posted a photo of the railroad track to the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Twitter with the message “The spur is heading for Auschwitz.”

Another post featured a fake image of former Health Minister Matt Hancock holding a microphone and saying the same words.

Other tweets include photos and videos of Nazi salutes, and one message that mentions the German phrase adopted at Adolf Hitler’s party is “While we’re talking, my living room. I read “Sieg Hiring”.

The judge said the content of the message was “sneaky.”

“References to the Holocaust and other things cannot be categorized as bunters in any way,” he said.

Bragg, who works on the road and lives with his parents, said he was “insufficient in maturity” and said he was “extremely regrettable” withdrawing from Twitter. ..

Blagg is the seventh case in which football fans have been convicted of online abuse.

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(LR) England team soccer players Jaydon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford in the Euro 2020 finals at Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Frank Augustine / Fakundo Alisa Baraga / Paul Ellis / Pool / AFP / Getty Images)

The three men were separately convicted of abusing English players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka after a failed Euro 2020 penalty shootout against Italy.

Jonathon Best (52 years old) was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, Bradford Pretty (50 years old) was sentenced to 50 days in prison, Scott McCluskey (43 years old) was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and 18 months in prison.

Fifty-year-old Simon Sylwood was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for racial abuse of West Bromwich player Romaine Sawyers.

After sending racist abuse to Aston Villa’s Thai Cake Wright on Instagram, a 17-year-old who couldn’t be named because of his age was detained.

24-year-old Dean Simpson will be sentenced later this month for screaming racist abuse at Goalkeeper Myles Boney in Wallington Town during a penalty shootout.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


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