Twitter Hillsborough comment is branded ‘disrespectful’ by group

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A comment about the Hillsborough tragedy made on social media this week by a sportsman involved in two local clubs has been branded disrepectful by an anti-abuse group protecting victims of the disaster.

Ninety six fans died at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough on April 15 1989 and, on Monday, on the 24th anniversary of the tragedy, a host of names took to Twitter to pay their respects on the anniversary of the disaster. However, locally one comment made on Twitter read: “1 scouse 2 scouse 3 scouse 4 all lying dead on a hillsborough floor #murderers #96wasntenough #wishitcouldbehillsborougheveryday” (sic)

The comment was seen by ‘JFT96 TheHonourables’, which describes itself on the social media site as “For Justice and Protecting the Honour of The 96 - we are an Anti-Abuse group tackling abuse of H’Boro, Munich, Heysel victims etc”. Followers of the group contacted the ‘Journal’ about the comment, which they said they found offensive.

One reply to the comment branded it “disrepectful”, asking: “What have you gained from this tweet?”

The account from where the tweet was made has since been deleted.

A spokesperson from one of the local clubs that the account holder said he was involved with said they’re investigating the matter.

“The club is appalled by the comments made on the private Twitter account of one of our members regarding the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy,” a statement from the club said. “We are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness and will be launching an investigation and advising all our members about the use of social media.

“As a sports club we find it inexplicable that one of our members could make such callous and offensive remarks about innocent people who died in such tragic circumstances while attending a sporting event.

“We send our heartfelt apologies to the families and friends of the Hillsborough victims and all those who have been angered and upset by these reprehensible remarks.”