Dublin man jailed for racially abusing former United star on flight

Andy Cole. Pic: Maxwells.

A man from Dublin has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison in the UK for racially abusing ex-Manchester United striker Andy Cole on a flight.

28-year-old Lee Byrne of Corduff Park in Blanchardstown was drunk when he called Cole 'Mr Blackman' and a 'spook' while on an Air Lingus flight from Dublin to Manchester on December 29 last year.

He appeared before Minshull Street Crown Court earlier where he was also handed a 20-week sentence for being drunk on a plane, which will run concurrently.

He pleaded guilty to both charges.

A second Dublin man - 26-year-old Gregory Horan of Sycamore View in Castleknock - will serve 10 weeks in prison for being drunk on a plane, which he also pleaded guilty to.

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