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Community service for Hampshire man who abused former Portsmouth FC player Ben Haim
10:23am Sunday 7th October 2012 in News
A HAMPSHIRE man has been ordered to carry out community service after using Twitter to racially abuse a former Premier League footballer.
Matthew Smith admitted sending an offensive message to veteran Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim via the micro-blogging site in August.
The 33-year-old, from Andover, made the comments as Ben Haim, 30, was in the middle of a contract dispute with his former club Portsmouth.
Magistrates in Andover told Smith he must complete 40 hours of community service.