Wasar Ahmed, a Muslim footballer (photo right) who racially abused a referee and threatened to kill his family after he was sent off the field during a match has been jailed for his 20-minute rant. Ahmed, 23, launched a foaming-at-the-mouth racist tirade against Ian Fraser after he gave him a red card, warning the official: “I’m going to break every white bone in your white face.”
UK Daily Mail(h/t Maria J)As the other players and spectators looked on, Ahmed was escorted off the field shouting: “I’m going to burn your white house down and kill your wife and kids – I know where you live. I’m going to come and find your house.'”
The referee, who was being paid just £22 to referee the match, asked him for his name. But Ahmed refused and swore again instead calling him ‘mother f*cker’ and telling him to ‘f*ck off.’After the game finished, Ahmed stood near to Mr Fraser’s car and stared at him as he got in. He was arrested soon after when the referee, who has 30 years’ experience in officiating at matches, went to a police station and made a formal complaint to officers and the East Lancashire Football League.
Mr Fraser, 48, told police he had ‘never known anything like it before, felt intimidated and was left extremely shocked.’ He said he feared further trouble because of the threats.
At Burnley Crown Court, jobless Ahmed, from Burnley, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress and was jailed for eight weeks after a judge said referees were entitled to protection from badly behaved footballers.
After the case Mr Fraser, a father-of-two, of Barrowford, Lancashire, said: ‘I think this sentence has to be a deterrent to other sports people who abuse match referees and then assume they can get away with it. ‘I am very thick-skinned but there was no way anyone could tolerate this – especially when someone launched into the threats he made against me and my family.
‘Someone having a verbal attack at me is normally off the cuff but this went on for so long and it was coming from a young lad who was vile in what he was saying. I just can’t believe he would go to such length all for a game of football.