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Chelsea fan jailed for antisemitic tweets aimed at Tottenham supporters

The 21-year-old told police the tweets were “banter between mates”

Joe Middleton
Friday 05 November 2021 22:07 GMT
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Nathan Blagg posted a picture of the train tracks to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Twitter with the message: “Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz”
Nathan Blagg posted a picture of the train tracks to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Twitter with the message: “Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz” (PA)

A Chelsea fan who posted antisemitic and racist tweets aimed at Tottenham fans has been jailed.

Nathan Blagg, 21, told police the tweets were “banter between mates”, but they included photos of Auschwitz and a man doing a Nazi salute.

On Tuesday he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages between September 29, 2020 and February 5.

District Judge Michael Hamilton told Blagg only immediate custody would be a suitable punishment for the “abhorrent and grossly offensive” tweets.

He told Westminster Magistrates Court: “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, described as a life-long Chelsea supporter, posted a picture of the train tracks to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Twitter with the message: “Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz”.

Another post featured a fake image of former health secretary Matt Hancock holding a microphone saying the same words.

Other tweets included a photograph and video 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’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.

Blagg, who was a season ticket holder, has since been banned from attending matches.

Maeve Thornton, representing Blagg, who works in road construction and lives at home with his parents, told the court he has a “lack of maturity”.

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

Blagg is the seventh case where football fans have been convicted of online abuse.

Additional reporting by PA

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