A father-of-three who posted an “abhorrent” video on Facebook racially abusing Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after the Euro 2020 final has been handed a suspended sentence.
Plasterer Bradford Pretty, aged 50, embarked on a drunken tirade against the three England players following the loss on penalties to Italy in July.
The clip – which includes him using two racist terms to describe the three young men was uploaded to social media and attracted comments.
Pretty appeared at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he admitted sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.
He was sentenced to 50 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
His defence solicitor Richard Graham acknowledged the video was “abhorrent”, saying it was a “moment of drunken madness”.
He said Pretty had drank “15 or 16” cans of larger on the day of the final and was “clearly heavily intoxicated” in the video.
Graham asked that his client be given credit for his early guilty plea.
Chairman of the bench Chris Mackenny told Pretty that his offence “clearly passes the custody threshold” but suspended the sentence of 50 days in prison for 12 months.
Pretty, of Folkestone in Kent, was told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and must also pay prosecution costs and a court surcharge totaling 213 pounds (290 dollars).
England lost 3-2 on penalties to Italy after a 1-1 draw at Wembley in the final on July 11 this year. Rashford, Sancho and Saka all missed from the spot for England in the deciding shoot-out.
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