Strabane man guilty of posting racist comment on Liverpool FC website

A Strabane man has been placed on probation for two years and ordered to complete 100 hours community service for posting a series of racial insults on the Liverpool FC website.

27-year-old Jason Rouslton of Mount Carmel Heights, was sentenced at Strabane Magistrates Court yesterday for the offence which was committed in the early hours of January 8 last.

Roulston, who was drunk at the time, used the nickname ‘Big Andy Carroll’ to refer to certain ethnic groups as ‘scum,’ and posted that the only coloured player who would ever be accepted at the Premiership club would be John Barnes and that the then team manager, Kenny Dalgish, ‘preferred English players’.

Imposing the sentence, District Judge, Liam McNally, described the language and sentiments adopted by Roulston as ‘repulsive and repugnant’.

He said the court had to take into account the principle of trying to ensure that other people are deterred from using the Internet for the purpose of peddling their racial prejudices.

He also said that the fact he was drinking heavily and was highly intoxicated was no excuse for using repulsive racist language.

Roulston was given a two-year probation and ordered to under go alcohol counselling.

He will also have to serve 100 hours community service.