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Twitter troll Liam Stacey has been jailed for posting racist tweets about footballer Fabrice Muamba after the midfielder collapsed from a heart attack during a match.

Millions watched in horror as Bolton player Muamba collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday March 17.

But Stacey, a 21-year-old student from South Wales, took to Twitter to write: "LOL. Fuck Muamba. He's dead!!!"

The Swansea University undergraduate went on to post increasingly racist comments and abused other Twitter users who attacked him for his outbursts.

Stacey branded Twitter users who criticised him "wogs" and told one to "go pick some cotton".

He was arrested after Twitter users reported his tweets to police.

The Twitter troll admitted racial hatred and cried throughout his court hearing.

District judge John Charles told Stacey in court: "It was racist abuse via a social networking site instigated as a result of a vile and abhorrent comment about a young footballer who was fighting for his life.

"At that moment, not just the footballer's family, not just the footballing world but the whole world were literally praying for his life. Your comments aggravated this situation.

"I have no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the public outrage at what you have done.

"You committed this offence while you were drunk and it is clear you immediately regretted it. But you must learn how to handle your alcohol better."

Swansea University said that Stacey had been suspended and a disciplinary hearing would be held.

When he was arrested, Stacey told police that he had been drunk at the time of posting the tweets.

"I was at the bar when I heard what had happened to Muamba. I don't know why I posted it. I'm not racist and some of my friends are from different cultural backgrounds," he said.

A statement issued by Barts and the London NHS Trust on Monday read: "Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London chest hospital where his condition is serious but stable. He continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery."

Picture: Getty


Update: Fabrice Muamba Twitter troll Liam Stacey jailed for racist tweets
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