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Teenager arrested for 6 weeks for racially abusing Marcus Rashford

A teenager has been jailed for racially abusing Marcus Rashford on Twitter after the Euro 2020 final.

The 19-year-old identified as Lee Price of Worcester directed a slur at the 24-year-old Manchester United striker after he missed a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy last summer.

The tweet posted on July 11 which included a link to Rashford’s account read:

‘@SzzOGz @MarcusRashford YOU F***** STUPID N***** MISSING A FREE PEN MY DEAD MAN COULD HAVE SCORED THAT”

Lee price earlier admitted one count of sending a grossly offensive message by public communication network at a hearing at Worcester Magistrates Court on March 17.

The teenager was sentenced to six weeks in prison on Wednesday at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court in Worcester.

Lee Price previously tried to avoid detention by changing his Twitter username after the post was reported,the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

He denied the offence in his first police interview following his arrest but admitted posting the tweet when he was questioned by officers a second time.

“Price targeted a footballer based on the colour of his skin and his action was clearly racist and a hate crime.

Those who racially abuse footballers ruin the game for all.

I hope this case sends out the message that we will not tolerate racism and offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Mark Jonson,senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands said.

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