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FA referee spared jail over unauthorised email access

Dean Mohareb Image copyright PA
Image caption Ahmed Nadim, mitigating, said as a result of his "stupidity", Mohareb had lost his "dream job"

An FA referee who used a colleague's email password to get her sacked has been handed a suspended sentence.

Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive in Woodley, Stockport, admitted accessing regional referee manager Janie Frampton's emails without her consent.

Ms Frampton was sacked when messages alleging she tried to use match tickets to get a flight upgrade were leaked.

Mohareb was given 10 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Nigel Booth, prosecuting, said Ms Frampton was dismissed for misconduct after emails published in the press suggested she offered tickets to the Everton-Liverpool FA Cup semi-final in 2012 in return for a flight upgrade for herself and three referees on a work trip to the US.

She has since been reemployed in a different role.

'Storm in a teacup'

Mr Booth said Mohareb had a poor working relationship with Ms Frampton, but she had previously given him her work email password.

The court heard she spotted an email had been forwarded to pinkladyref, an account which was traced back to the father-of-two, which led to Mohareb being sacked and a police investigation.

Ahmed Nadim, mitigating, said as a result of his "stupidity", Mohareb had lost his "dream job".

Sentencing Mohareb, who admitted unauthorised computer access and intent to pervert the course of justice, Judge Lever questioned why the case had ever come to court.

He said while it had been a "sorry and discreditable business", it was a "storm in a teacup".

Liam Cliff, 21, of Woodlands Road, Manchester, admitted falsely telling police he had accessed the emails on Ms Frampton's laptop.

He was sentenced to two months in jail, suspended for two years, for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Vincent Rossi, 48, of Wingfield Avenue, Wilmslow was acquitted of attempting to pervert the course of justice after the prosecution offered no evidence.

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