Chelsea fan, 21, faces jail after posting anti-Semitic tweets including pictures of Auschwitz and a man doing a Nazi salute aimed at Tottenham supporters
- Nathan Blagg, 21, from Retford, faces jail time after posting anti-Semitic tweets
- The football fan pleaded guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages
- Blagg posted a picture of Auschwitz that was aimed at Tottenham supporters
- His tweets were reported to Met after a West Brom fan complained to Chelsea
A Chelsea fan faces jail after posting anti-Semitic tweets aimed Tottenham supporters, including pictures of a man doing a Nazi salute, a court has heard.
Nathan Blagg, 21, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, is facing a possible jail sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Prosecutor David Roberts said there was a ‘racially aggravated’ element to the offences between September 29, 2020, and February 5 this year because of the ‘anti-Semitic nature of many of them’.
The court heard 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.’
Other posts featured a fake image of former health secretary Matt Hancock holding a microphone saying the same words and a photograph and video of Nazi salutes being performed.
Nathan Blagg (above), 21, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, is facing jail after pleading guilty to seven counts of sending offensive messages at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday
One message read: ‘Yids tomorrow, which means for the next 48 hours I can tweet as much anti-Semitism as I want without being told off.’
Blagg, a Chelsea season ticket holder, also tweeted: ‘Gas a Jew, Jew, Jew.’
Mr Roberts said the messages are alleged to be ‘racially aggravated… given the context of Tottenham Hotspur’s fans coming from a Jewish area’.
Blagg, who works in road construction, also retweeted a fake picture of former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard celebrating over a mass holocaust grave, the court was told.
Blagg was reported to Chelsea FC by a West Bromwich Albion supporter and his messages were investigated by the security team at Chelsea before being passed on to police.
The West Brom fan complained to the club about a tweet from Twitter username ‘NB__1905’ referencing Cyrille Regis, a former West Brom player who died in 2018.
The tweets on the account, which was set to ‘public’ meaning anyone could view them, had been sent after Chelsea played West Brom on 26 September last year.
Chelsea FC identified more offensive and anti-Semitic tweets posted on the account and passed the information on to the Met, who identified the account as belonging to Blagg.
Westminster Magistrates Court (pictured) heard Blagg, a Chelsea season ticket holder, posted pictures of Auschwitz and a man doing a Nazi salute aimed at Tottenham supporters
He was arrested on February 8 at his home by officers from the Metropolitan Police Central Football Unit, and charged by postal requisition in September.
Maeve Thornton, defending, said Blagg had been at the time suffering from ‘low moods’ because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘He has got drawn into this in terms of a lack of awareness and understanding of the impact this was going to have,’ she said.
‘With hindsight, he now understands how wrong this is.
‘He is indeed very remorseful and very apologetic and has taken steps to address his offending by removing himself from Twitter.
‘There is not going to be a repeat of this behaviour moving forward.’
Detective Constable Suzanne Smith, the investigating officer, said: ‘Nathan Blagg thought he could post grossly offensive and abusive messages about other football fans and players with impunity.
‘But this investigation demonstrates that nobody can post racist, anti-semitic or hateful abuse on social media without consequences.
‘Football fans and players are fed up with this kind of toxic discourse surrounding the game on social media and we will use all the policing powers available to us to stop it from happening.
‘I would like to thank Chelsea FC for bringing the results of their initial investigation to our attention. I would encourage anyone to report social media abuse to police by calling 101 or tweeting @MetCC.’
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until November 5 for reports to be prepared and released Blagg on unconditional bail.
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