On March 18th 2012 the Zaire born football player 24 year old Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the soccer pitch as he suffered from a heart attack. He was playing for a team known as Bolton Wanderers in a match versus Tottenham Hotspurs.
Mr Muamba was rushed to the hospital,(he is now making a slow recovery) and the game was abandoned.
At the time of Mr Muamba’s collapse, down in south Wales, 21 year old student Liam Stacey tweeted some crude and cruel racist comments about the footballer. Stacey (by his own admission) was very drunk when he did this.
(In my experience drunk people often say things out loud which they have thought whilst sober - editorial comment from jmp).
Liam Stacy was arrested and tried for inciting racial hatred. He has since been jailed with a 55 day sentence.
( Stacey’s words were vile and nasty. But it is hard for me to understand how jailing him serves a greater purpose. Such a jail sentence could be grist for the mill for U.K. racists – feeding into their mistaken sense of being aggrieved in a multi-racial country.
Wouldn’t a greater purpose have been served had Mr. Stacy be sentenced to 55 days of community service in (say) a black church in South Wales, or (say) providing services for a disabled black veteran of WWII or Korea).
See the following article from the left leaning British newspaper The Guardian for more insights on this case.
(You will probably have to cut and paste this link from the Guardian)
And please pray for Mr. Muamba’s continuing recovery.