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Eight months in jail for sectarian Facebook comments

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

October 17, 2011 | 1 min read

A man who posted sectarian comments about Catholics and Celtic supporters on Facebook has been jailed for eight months.

Stephen Birrell, 28, from Glasgow was also given a five-year football banning order at Glasgow Sheriff Court following the comments he made in March on a Facebook page called Neil Lennon Should Be Banned.

Birrell was given eight months instead of 12 because he pleaded guilty. He was told by the sheriff that his sentence would have been longer if he had made specific threats against individuals.

One of the comments, posted a day before a Celtic v Rangers game on March 2 this year, read: "Hope they all die. Simple. Catholic scumbags ha ha."

Two days after the match, he wrote: "Proud to hate Fenian tattie farmers."

It was reported that Birrell, who was dressed in a tracksuit with his belongings in a yellow plastic carrier bag, spoke only to confirm his name and address, and waved to his family and friedns as he was taken to the cells.

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