Chelsea fan who posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets targeting Tottenham fans jailed for eight weeks | Football news

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A Chelsea fan who posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets targeting Tottenham fans, including photos of Auschwitz and a man giving the Nazi salute, was jailed.

Nathan Blagg, 21, who told police the tweets were “pranks between friends”, was sentenced Friday to eight weeks in jail after pleading guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages between 29 September 2020 and February 5th.

District Judge Michael Hamilton told Blagg that only immediate custody would be adequate punishment for “aberrant and grossly offensive” tweets.

He said: “Frankly, the content of these messages was despicable.

“References to the Holocaust and other issues can never be classified as jokes.”

Prosecutor David Roberts said the tweets about the Tottenham team were more offensive in the context of “a history of association with the Jewish community”.

Blagg, described as a lifelong supporter of Chelsea, posted on Twitter a photo of the train tracks to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with the message: “The Spurs are going to Auschwitz,” the Magistrates’ Court heard. of Westminster.

Another post showed a fake image of former health secretary Matt Hancock holding a microphone saying the same words.

Other tweets included a photograph and video of Nazi greetings and a message referring to the German phrase adopted by Adolf Hitler’s party saying: “Sieg Heiling around my living room as we speak.”

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Nathan Blagg used to hold a Stamford Bridge season ticket but has now been banned from playing games

Blagg’s tweets were investigated by the Chelsea security team, who relayed them to the police, after being spotted by a West Brom fan.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central Football Unit arrested him in February and he was charged with postal requisition.

Blagg, who was a subscriber, has since been banned from participating in matches, the club has heard.

Maeve Thornton, who represents Blagg, who works in road construction and lives at home with her parents, told the court that she has a “lack of maturity”.

He added that Blagg, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, had removed himself from Twitter and was “deeply sorry”.

Ms Thornton said: “It is clear that he has taken responsibility for his actions, I argue that his risk is significantly reduced and the probation report indicates that there is a very low risk of recidivism in the future and also indicates a myself that there would be no repetition of this offense. “

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