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Prosecutors in the United Kingdom are seeking to clamp down on racist tweets aimed at celebrities and high-profile soccer players, with one student facing jail after posting a string of racist messages about a seriously injured athlete.

When Bolton player Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a game and his heart stopped for more than an hour, 21-year-old soccer fan Liam Stacey started tweeting. He began with "LOL F—- Muamba he's dead!!! #Haha" and followed that with comments that got even worse and suggested that his negativity toward the player was tied up with plenty of racism. You can read them here.

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The judge who sentenced him to 56 days in jail for a "racially aggravated public order offense" called the comments "vile and abhorrent," and the prosecutor said that the sentence should serve as a cautionary tale. "Racist language is inappropriate in any setting and through any media," he said. "We hope this case will serve as a warning to anyone who may think that comments made online are somehow beyond the law."

Read more at Deadspin.