Celtic fan jailed for racist tweets

A CELTIC supporter has been jailed for a year for tweeting racist comments about two Rangers players.

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Declan McCuish, 23, posted the comments about former Gers stars Sone Aluko and El Hadji Diouf.

After receiving complaints about his offensive tweets, McCuish's home in Ibrox was raided and ­police found cannabis and phenazepam.

McCuish, now from Paisley, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to posting "abusive and threatening comments" to Aluko and Diouf on February 2 and 3, last year.

He also admitted producing cannabis and possession of phenazepam.

Passing a total sentence of 12 months sheriff ­Andrew Cubie branded the tweets "vile and racist" and noted that his Twitter name 1888-dec-1888, was linked to Celtic.

He told McCuish that he was part of a "small and dwindling group" that want to "cherish this kind of hatred".

The sheriff added that these comments had "no place in 21st century Scotland".

The court heard ­McCuish continued ­making racist comments after a member of the ­public responded to his tweets.

Two Twitter users, one in Northern Ireland and one in England reported the racist remarks posted on a social networking site.

Police checked ­McCuish's social networking site and saw he had posted his home address which led officers to his door.

A search warrant was granted and his home was raided and drugs found.

Defence lawyer Ron ­McKenna said that his ­client was suffering from a breakdown at the the time of the offences and was ­using drugs.

He added that McCuish described his ­actions as "disgusting" and accepts full responsibility for what he has done.


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