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Student jailed for racist Muamba Tweets

A student who admitted posting racially offensive comments on Twitter about Fabrice Muamba has been jailed for 56 days, reports BBC News. Swansea University student Liam Stacey admitted inciting racial hatred over remarks about the Bolton Wanderers player, who collapsed during a FA Cup tie at Tottenham.

A district judge in Swansea called the comments "vile and abhorrent".

Sentencing the 21 year old at Swansea Magistrates' Court, District Judge John Charles told him:"In my view, there is no alternative to an immediate prison sentence.

"It was not the football world who was praying for [Muamba].... everybody was praying for his life."

A second year biology student at Swansea, Stacey was arrested after his comments on the social networking site were reported by other users.

A number of people challenged Stacey on Twitter following his first comment, and he responded with a number of offensive posts aimed at other Twitter users.

Magistrates were told police forces across Britain received complaints following the comments.

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