Liam Stacey, 21, a Swansea University biology undergraduate, was taken away in tears on Tuesday after being jailed for 56 days for admitting a racially aggravated public order offence.

His lawyers will appear in before a high court judge at Swansea crown court today to appeal against the sentence.

He has been in jail since being sentenced on Tuesday.

Stacey and his lawyers hope the judge will drastically reduce the sentence or grant him his liberty.

A national storm erupted after Stacey posted “LOL (laugh out loud). F*** Muamba. He’s dead!!!”

His tweet came quickly after the football player’s collapse when his plight was attracting a wave of sympathy around the world.

Muamba collapsed with a heart attack on the pitch during an FA Cup tie on March 17 in front of shocked fans.

Millions witnessed the live screening of the clash against Tottenham Hotspur in which the Bolton Wanderers midfielder almost died.

While his tragic plight touched hearts around the world, a drunken Stacey went online to mock.

A series of highly critical replies lead to a torrent of racist tweets from Stacey.

Support for the jail term was widespread on the day it was handed down, and was subsequently widely debated on Twitter.

But a minority criticised his punishment and claimed it was politically motivated to make him into an example.

His legal team launch their appeal against sentence today in a hearing before Mr Justice Wyn Williams which is expected to last up to an hour.

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