One of the people who racially abused Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after England’s Euro 2020 final has been jailed.
Jonathon Best, 52, from west London, was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison at Willesden magistrates court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to sending by public communication network a grossly offensive or indecent or obscene or menacing message or matter.
Elaine Cousins, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told PA Media: “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.”
She added: “I would like to thank the individual who reported this appalling hate crime and I hope this prosecution goes some way in educating and deterring people from posting hate on social media.”
The court heard that the individual, who was a work colleague and Facebook friend of Best’s, reported the 18-second Facebook clip to both Facebook and the police after Best refused to remove it.
Facebook eventually took the post down three days later.