Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Swedish teenager fined for calling migrant footballer who played poorly “bloody foreigner”

It was libel to call Jimmy Durmaz "jävla blatte" (bloody foreigner) in connection with a World Cup match last summer, Fria Tider reports.  

At least according to the prosecutor, who recently ordered a teen to pay a fine for the comment. 

The so-called hate storm against Jimmy Durmaz is said to have largely consisted of bots.  

Now, however, a teen's been required to pay a fine for a comment he wrote about the football player, who caused a free kick in the last seconds of the match against Germany – that resulted in Germany winning the match 2-1.  

The prosecutor wants the teen to pay SEK 2,000 (€200) – 40 daily fines of SEK 50 per day, for defamation.  

So, what did he write then? "You have, among other things, written "bloody foreigner" on Jimmy Durmaz’s Instagram account. The comment, that was widely spread, was such that it could be expected to subject Jimmy Durmaz to the contempt of others", writes the prosecutor according to Göteborgs-Posten.  

However, it's an order of summary punishment, that means that there will be no trial – if the teen accepts the fine. Otherwise, the case goes to court.  

"It’s a good thing. I hope others get their brains straight and think before they do something like that", says Durmaz to Sportbladet after the decision.  


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