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The Swansea University student jailed after admitting a charge of inciting racial hatred has lost his appeal. Liam Stacey will now serve the rest of his sentence.

The 21-year-old from Pontypridd posted messages on the social networking site mocking footballer Fabrice Muamba after a near fatal heart attack. The biology student was jailed by a district judge on Monday for 56 days.

Liam Stacey's defence argued that he should receive a suspended sentence. Paul Hobson QC told the court "Liam Stacey richly deserves to be punished for his behaviour. Vile though his actions were, he is not a vile person."


Student jailed for Muamba racism could be released on Friday

Liam Stacey was jailed for 56 days Credit: ITV Wales News

Student Liam Stacey could be released as early as Friday after being jailed on Tuesday for 56 days for admitting inciting racial hatred. Liam, 21 was taken away in tears for mocking footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after a near fatal heart attack.

On Friday, a High Court judge in Swansea will hear an appeal against his sentence which, if successful, could win his immediate release. The Swansea University biology undergraduate triggered revulsion when he posted: "LOL (laugh out loud). F*** Muamba. He's dead!!!"

Football fans watched in horror when the Bolton midfielder collapsed during a live FA Cup tie from a heart attack on March 17. Fabrice Muamba's team-mates, regular visitors to his bedside, have said the midfielder is showing continued improvement.

Internet 'troll' sentenced to 56 days in jail

A man who admitted posting racially offensive comments about the Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been sentenced to 56 days in jail. Liam Stacey pleaded guilty to the charge of a racially-aggravated public order offence at Swansea Magistrates last week.

The Swansea University student posted the comments on Twitter shortly after Mr Muamba collapsed during an FA cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. He was arrested shortly after the comments were made.