Man convicted in court over racist social media post

A man who posted a racist message on social media following the England men’s football team defeat in the Euro 2020 final has appeared in court.

Karl Tizzard, 29, posted the message on Twitter 25 minutes after the conclusion of the penalty shootout on July 11 last year.

The post was reported to Sussex Police, and he was subsequently charged with sending an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message or matter via a public communication network.

Tizzard, formerly a kitchen worker, of Roundstone Drive, East Preston, appeared before Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 1 where he admitted the charge.

The court found that the charge was racially aggravated, and he was fined £1,153. He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Following the case, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club issued him with an indefinite ban from the Amex Community Stadium and away match fixtures, the maximum punishment possible from the club.

Sussex Police’s dedicated football officer PC Darren Balkham said: “Tizzard posted an appalling matter on his Twitter account just moments after the Euro 2020 final.

“He pleaded guilty to breaching the Communications Act by posting the offensive message which was racially aggravated.

“This court result demonstrates we will not tolerate any form of racist abuse and will pursue those who abuse others online.

"It also sends a strong message that this behaviour is not acceptable, whether that be in the stands or on social media.”

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club said: “The club has a zero tolerance to any racist behaviour or discrimination of any kind.

“Individuals found to have committed such offences – either in person, online or via social media – will face an indefinite ban from home and away matches and criminal prosecution.”

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