Stephen Birrell, a 28-year-old from Glasgow, is being jailed for 8 months largely as a result of some offensive Facebook comments. Now, Birrell was not an otherwise upstanding citizen. When he posted the abusive comments, he'd just been released from a completely separate 12-month sentence. In addition, he's been banned from attending any regulation soccer matches for 5 years. Dude probably has some issues with keeping his mouth shut. The postings in question directed hate at fans of the Celtic Football Club as well as Catholics but, surprisingly enough, most of the postings contained neither profanity nor threats of violence. In fact, we can post several of them here. A few of the comments, courtesy of BBC News:
"Hope they [Celtic fans] all die. Simple. Catholic scumbags ha ha." "Proud to hate Fenian tattie farmers. Simple ha ha." "They're all ploughing the fields the dirty scumbags."According to the BBC, he also made some off-color comments about the Pope. Those weren't repeated.