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2012: The year soccer racism took over Twitter

Tracking the phenomenon of soccer players spewing racism on Twitter, and becoming the victims of racist tweets themselves.

On Jan 1, 2013 by Kris Holt

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TV star calls cops over Twitter death threats

At the urging of her followers, Emily Atack alerted authorities over threatening tweets directed at her family. 

On Nov 16, 2012 by Kris Holt

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Jailed student apologizes for racist Fabrice Muamba tweets

In an interview with the BBC, Liam Stacey called his racist tweets about soccer player Fabrice Muamba a “massive mistake.”

On May 22, 2012 by Kris Holt

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Soccer star James McClean receives death threats on Twitter

The Northern Ireland  player was recently named to the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 team, a move that drew severe backlash online. 

On May 8, 2012 by Fernando Alfonso III

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Another twitter user to be jailed for racist tweeting?

U.K. authorities have already sent one Twitter user to jail.  Is another on his way?

On Apr 2, 2012 by Kris Holt

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Jail was “too much” for student who sent racist tweets

The former human right commissioner for the Council of Europe spoke against the punishment on Friday. 

On Apr 2, 2012 by Kris Holt

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Student sentenced to 56 days in jail for “vile and abhorrent” tweets

Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old Twitter user in the U.K., admitted to inciting racial hatred after Fabrice Muamba  suffered a cardiac arrest on March 17. 

On Mar 27, 2012 by Fernando Alfonso III

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Student admits racist tweets after soccer player’s collapse, faces jail time

Liam Stacey was released on bail on the condition that he stays off Twitter and other social-networking sites. 

On Mar 19, 2012 by Kris Holt

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