Now let me be VERY clear that I was utterly appalled at the comments tweeted by student Liam Stacey as footballer Fabrice Muamba lay fighting for his lfe on a football pitch. They were odious, tasteless, and profoundly stupid. BUT, were they illegal?
A STUDENT jailed for posting vile racist comments on the internet after footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack finally admitted yesterday he made a “massive, massive mistake”. Undergraduate Liam Stacey, 21, spoke of his remorse after he was freed last week from jail after serving half a 56-day sentence. He became a national hate figure for mocking the 23-year-old Bolton Wanderers midfielder as he battled for life after collapsing on the pitch in an FA Cup match in March. Stacey, of Pontypridd, South Wales, was arrested and later admitted racially aggravated public disorder after his Twitter outburst.
I worry about this sort of sentencing. I can appreciate the upset caused to Mr Muamba’s family and friends and supporters and I also accept the need to not let the vile comments pass but is criminalising someone for expressing an opinion the right sort of thing to do?