Chelsea fan who tweeted anti-Semitic abuse at Tottenham supporters jailed

A Chelsea fan who posted photos of Nazi salutes and the Auschwitz concentration camp in a campaign of anti-Semitic abuse aimed at Tottenham fans has been jailed.

Nathan Blagg, 21, posted a picture of the train tracks leading to the Nazi concentration camp on Twitter with the message: ‘Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz.’

Other tweets included a footage of Nazi salutes, and one message referring to the German phrase adopted by Adolf Hitler’s party read: ‘Sieg Heiling around my living room as we speak.’

Blagg suggested he ‘wasn’t offended’ by the posts and told police the tweets were ‘banter between mates’.

The road construction worker later pleaded guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages between September 29, 2020 and February 5, and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

District Judge Michael Hamilton told Blagg: ‘Quite frankly, the content of these messages was despicable.

‘References to the holocaust and other matters cannot on any view ever be categorised a banter.’

Prosecutor David Roberts said the tweets about the Tottenham side were more offensive in the context of ‘a history of association with the Jewish community’.

Blagg’s tweets were investigated by the security team at Chelsea, who passed them on to police, after they were spotted by a West Brom fan.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central Football Unit arrested him in February and he was charged by postal requisition.

The lifelong Chelsea fan, who was a season ticket holder, has since been banned from attending matches, the court heard.

Maeve Thornton, representing Blagg, who lives at home with his parents, said he has a ‘lack of maturity’.

She added Blagg, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, had removed himself from Twitter and was ‘deeply remorseful’.

Ms Thornton said: ‘It is clear that he has taken responsibility for his actions, I submit that his risk is significantly reduced and the probation report indicate that there is very low risk of him re-offending in the future and he also indicates to myself that there would not be a repeat of this offending.’

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