A man from Denver has today admitted making a racist comment about a Norwich City footballer on Facebook.
Adam Clements, 30, of Brady Gardens, pleaded guilty to a single charge of sending an indecent or offensive communication when he appeared before magistrates in Lynn this morning.
The case relates to a comment Clements made on Norwich City Football Club’s Facebook page about Canaries striker Cameron Jerome.
The incident happened on March 1, around 30 minutes after Norwich beat Ipswich Town 2-0 in a derby fixture at Carrow Road.
Susannah Chowdhury, prosecuting, said that, although Clements, an Ipswich fan, removed the comment a short time later, a Norwich supporter took a screenshot of the remark and sent it to the club, who then alerted the police.
A statement by Norwich City’s head of communications Joe Ferrari, which was read to the court, said: “I have spoken to Cameron Jerome to make him aware of this situation.
“He, Norwich City and myself find the remark grossly offensive and totally unacceptable.
“We are in no doubt the remark was made due to his ethnicity.”
When interviewed, Clements admitted he had been angered by the result and posting the remark in order to “shut Norwich fans up.”
However, he insisted he had deleted the post within a couple of minutes when he realised its implications.
Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said her client was “desperately apologetic” both to Mr Jerome and anyone else who had been offended by the remarks he made.
The court was also told that his family had already contacted Norwich City in order to make further amends, while Norwich fans Clements works with were “very supportive” of him.
Miss Johnson said Clements had been drinking during the match, which he watched on television at his home, and made the comment while checking the social networking site on his mobile phone.
However, she maintained the comment was made out of racial ignorance, rather than hatred, and that he had not deliberately sought the forum out in order to make the remark.
She said: “Almost immediately, he thinks ‘What have I done?’ He deletes it, but it doesn’t matter.”
She said the case was a classic example of someone not thinking before posting something in a public forum, addingL “I always say to every single client if you dont want something to be seen by any Tom, Dick or Harry, don’t post it.”
She added that Clements regarded the publicity surrounding the case as an “additional punishment” he would have to deal with.
Clements was fined £350 and told to pay a further £85 in costs, plus a £35 victim surcharge.