Gary Lineker reacts as West Brom fan sentenced for racially abusing Sawyers
A West Brom fan has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison for racially abusing midfielder Romaine Sawyers online in January.
Simon Silwood, 50, will serve four weeks, with four more on licence, and he will also pay £500 in compensation plus another £628 in costs.
West Brom issued a lifetime ban to the man upon his conviction in September, and he will now spend some time behind bars.
BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was pleased with the ruling, taking to his personal Twitter account on Thursday night to react.
He said: “Good”
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 30, 2021
Racism has no place in football and in the society at large, and sending the guilty party to a correctional facility is an excellent move on the part of the authorities.
Sawyers was deeply hurt by the abuse, and he wasted no time reporting it to the right authorities.
Other players need to follow suit and keep calling racism out, and after seeing the West Brom fan sent to jail, many racists will be deterred from abusing players online and offline.
The West Brom fan no longer has the opportunity to watch his beloved team live in action and go to The Hawthorns, and that will definitely hurt too.
Jail term for racists is the perfect judgement, and other clubs have to make a firm stand and start issuing lifetime bans to any of their fans found guilty.
There is nowhere to hide for anyone who does not understand that all humans are the same and equal regardless of the colour of their skin, and a great message has been sent out by this ruling.
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