52-year-old Jonathon Best has been jailed after he posted an 18-second video on Facebook in which he made a rant about the players following England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in July’s match at Wembley.
He was sentenced at Willesden Magistrates’ Court in London on Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to “sending by public communication network a grossly offensive or indecent or obscene or menacing message or matter”.
Recall that, Rashford, Sancho and Saka, received a surge of online abuse after failing to score their penalties as England failed to win their first trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
The judge, Denis Brennan, said he had considered a suspended sentence but decided to impose a custodial one to deter others.
The judge said: “The words you used were antediluvian, vile, and offensive — they strike at the very nature of our civilised society and are corrosive.”
Best, a forklift driver from London, was reported to Facebook and the police by a colleague and Facebook friend after refusing to remove his post.