You may remember that a few weeks ago a Norwich City ‘fan’ caused ire with some racist tweets. In my opinion, the club did the right thing and took a zero approach to racism, banning him from the club for life. I thought that would be the end of it, but it turns out that the matter was taken to the police. The twitterer in question was charged with “sending an offensive message by public communication network under the Communications Act 2003”. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work.
I’m really not sure what to make of this. While I agree that he needed to be taught a lesson (racism is unacceptable, and broadcasting it on Twitter is just plain stupid), but is this punishment a bit much? After all, he’s already been banned from Carrow Road for life, as a Norwich fan I can safely say that I would personally find that punishment alone to be rather serious. What do others think about this?