Fabrice Muamba: 'Offensive' tweeter Laim Stacey jailed

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A Swansea University student has been jailed for posting racially offensive comments on the Twitter website, after the collapse of the Bolton Wanderers footballer, Fabrice Muamba.

Liam Stacey from Pontypridd admitted posting the comments, hours after the player collapsed during an FA Cup tie.

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

Muamba, 23, who suffered a cardiac arrest, is still in intensive care.

Sentencing Stacey 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."

Stacey broke down in tears as he was led away to begin his jail term.

Kate Scott-Williams reports

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