This is the racist thug who has been spared jail after targeting a series of top football stars in a vile online rant.
Jason Roulston posted a tirade of sickening abuse on the official Liverpool FC website against players including former England international John Barnes and French striker David Ngog.
Despite having an address in Co Tyrone, he hit out at Liverpool supporters who did not live in the city, telling one: “Support your local team you glory seeking P***.”
Roulston also claimed Raheem Sterling, a Jamaican-born England youth international, would “never make it” because the manager “prefers English lads”.
Sentencing the 27-year-old to serve 100 hours’ community service, a judge said a custodial sentence was no good because Roulston would simply leave “with the same racist views as when he entered”.
Strabane Magistrates Court heard Roulston, from Mount Carmel Heights in the town, had been drinking heavily when he posted the vile rant on the official fans’ forum.
Using the pseudonym ‘Big Andy Carroll’, Roulston wrote a series of offensive posts in the early hours of January 8. It came at the height of a race storm engulfing the game after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had been charged with racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
The messages included:
l “We are a proper club, don’t like (black players) except John Bananaman Barnes.”
l “By the way ... Sterling and Ngoo (sic) are hated in the dressing room. Kenny (Dalglish) prefers English lads too, so they’ll never make it.”
l “Some of you foreign scum have talked about me in threads... if you’re not from Liverpool don’t pretend to support the club.”
l “Take (it) you hate our glory seeking P*** scum fans too.”
l “Go plan a suicide bomb attack on the white race if you don’t like it”.
The abusive rant was posted online between 1am and 3am, but quickly came to the attention of moderators and were removed.
Roulston was caught after giving his name, address, email address and telephone number on the forum.
He is permanently banned from the site.
The PSNI in Strabane was contacted by Merseyside Police after statements were obtained from Liverpool FC.
Jason Roulston’s vile comments came at the height of a race storm. Weeks earlier Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had been charged with racially abusing Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra. Roulston referred to former England international John Barnes as “Bananaman”. Barnes was targeted for abuse by opposition fans who threw bananas at him.