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Student sentenced over offensive Muamba tweets

The 21-year-old admitted sending the messages as the Bolton midfielder fought for his life after a cardiac arrest on 17 March.

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Updated at 10.50am

A SWANSEA UNIVERSITY student who made a number of controversial tweets about the Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba as he lay critically ill after a cardiac arrest has been sentenced to 56 days in prison over his Twitter posts.

The Guardian reports that police were inundated with complaints over comments made by 21-year-old Liam Stacey on Twitter as Muamba fought for his life.

Stacey was arrested last week and charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence, to which he pleaded guilty. Sky News reports that he has been jailed for 56 days.

Separately, Welsh police told ITV that 15 arrests have been made regarding internet trolling in the past year.

The midfielder collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham on St Patrick’s Day. Efforts were made to resuscitate him at the scene before he was rushed to hospital.

Yesterday, Bolton and the London Chest Hospital said in a joint statement that Muamba remains in intensive care, but that he has started to eat again and has gotten out of bed. They said that his condition remains stable and that he is making “encouraging progress in his recovery”.

A number of his Bolton teammates are to visit him later today before they play the rescheduled FA Cup match which was abandoned after Muamba’s collapse.

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