Fan sentenced for Twitter race jibe
A football fan banned from his team's ground after making racist comments on Twitter has been ordered to do community service.
Luke O'Donoughoe, 23, from Norwich, had become the first fan in the country to be banned from a football ground over comments made on a social networking site earlier this month.
He used the site to make comments about Norwich City signing James Vaughan. Twitter users, including former Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker turned media pundit Mark Bright, objected to his comments.
Bosses at the Norfolk club, nicknamed the Canaries, imposed the lifetime ban, saying no form of racism could be tolerated in football.
The incident was investigated by Norfolk Police following a complaint from a member of the public and O'Donoughoe was charged with sending an offensive message by public communication network under the Communications Act 2003.
A police spokesman said: "O'Donoughoe appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 120 hours of unpaid work."