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Tweeter fined €60,000 over football fan death

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Tweeter fined €60,000 over football fan death
A man has been fined €60,000 for posting a message on Twitter celebrating the death of a football fan. Photo of someone on Twitter: Shutterstock
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A man who posted a message on Twitter celebrating the death of a football fan has been fined over €60,000 ($68,000) for his "threatening and offensive" behaviour.

Spain’s Secretary of State for Security, part of the Interior Ministry, has fined a Twitter user €60,001 for posting an offensive message celebrating the death of a football fan in November 2014.

"I want to express my most absolute and sincere happiness at the death of the Deportivo fan. A son of a bitch who won’t be fighting ever again. Hopefully many more will die," the man posted on social media, according to Spanish daily, 20 minutos.

As well as being fined, the man has been banned from attending sporting events for a period of five years under Spain’s Law against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport.

The law aims to eradicate violence in sport, as well as preventing, controlling and sanctioning any demonstration or inciting of violence, such as on social networks.

Lifelong Deportivo fan, Francisco Javier Romero Taboada, died after violent clashes broke out between the 'ultra', or organized hooligan supporters, of Deportivo La Coruña and Atlético Madrid on November 30th 2014 outside Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Caldarón stadium.

Taboada, aka 'Jimmy', 43, died after being beaten and then thrown into the river Manzanares. A video taken at the time captured the moment Taboada, member of the Deportivo hardcore fan group, the Riazor Blues, was thrown into the river.

To date, 43 people have been arrested in relation to the brawl, among them a police man and a soldier. 

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