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Man Convicted Of Racially Abusing Premier League Footballer

Man Convicted of Racially Abusing Premier League Footballer

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Rupert Jones represented a man charged with posting a racist message on Facebook about a Premier League Footballer.

The defendant was convicted after trial at Walsall Magistrates’ Court of an offence under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

The man said he’d meant to post the message ‘bafoon d’or’ in a sarcastic reference to a West Bromwich Albion footballer player’s performance during a 5-0 drubbing by Manchester City on 26 January 2021.

The court heard evidence from a defence expert, who had analysed the the defendant’s phone model, and concluded that the autocorrect function on the phone could have changed the word ‘buffon’ to ‘baboon’, resulting in the racially abusive message.

The district judge dismissed the defendant’s account and found him guilty. The defendant will be sentenced later in September.

The case has been reported widely in the media, including by The Sun and The Athletic.

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