A law student, originally from Cannock, who sent Stan Collymore a series of racist tweets has been given a two-year community order.
A district judge at Newcastle Magistrates heard how 21-year-old Joshua Cryer admitted using the social networking site to bombard the football pundit with abuse in an attempt to “snare a celebrity”.
The Newcastle University student had called the 41-year-old former Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest player a “coon”.
Cryer claimed his account had been hacked but later admitted a charge under section 127 of the Communications Act of sending grossly offensive messages.
In addition to the 2 year community order, the judge has ordered him to complete 240 hours of unpaid park and pay £150 costs to the court.
CPS North East strongly warned others about the consequences of using social networking sites to make racist remarks.
After the sentence, Mr Collymore posted on his Twitter account @StanCollymore: "Would like to thank Northumbria & Staffordshire Police for their professionalism in dealing with this case.