A 52 year old man, Jonathon Best, who livestreamed himself on Facebook racially abusing three England football players; after the Euro 2020 final has been jailed.
Best posted a rant about Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed penalties in the shootout against Italy which England lost; the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Jonathon Best was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison at Willesden magistrates court. He had previously pleaded guilty to sending by public communication network a grossly offensive; or indecent or obscene or obscene or menacing message or matter.
The CPS said the court heard Best, a forklift driver of Feltham, west London; was caught out after a colleague and Facebook friend reported the 18-second clip to Facebook and the police after he refused to take it down. Facebook took the clip down three days later.
Elaine Cousins, from the CPS, said: “Jonathon Best took to Facebook to livestream a barrage of racist abuse at the three players who missed penalties during the game. He used social media to publicly vilify these three young men who tried to score for England. When approached by a Facebook friend asking him to remove the grossly offensive content, Best replied; ‘It’s my profile, I can do what I want.’
“There is absolutely no room in the game, nor elsewhere, for racism. The CPS is committed to bringing perpetrators of hate crime to justice where there is the evidence to do so.”