Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams, currently on loan at Swindon Town, became encircled in a Twitter storm last night after he was accused by angry fans for referencing the Munich air disaster on his social media account.
The 20 year old defensive midfielder posted an emoticon of a plane in response to a retweet of fans celebrating Liverpool’s 3-1 aggregate victory over their rivals Manchester United in the Europa League.
The tweet, which paired an applause emoticon with the plane, was understood by many to be a cryptic allusion to the Munich air disaster in which eight United players and 11 others tragically died in 1958.
For anyone that didn’t see it, here it is @J49williams pic.twitter.com/q4HNMoFZrz
— Nathan Thomas (@N4TH4N_T) March 18, 2016
There were numerous angry responses from the general public, including a number of Liverpool fans who were embarrassed and upset with Williams’ behaviour:
Very poor and blatantly disgusting for Jordan Williams to tweet offensive messages about Munich. Very sorry as a LFC fan #MUFCvLFC
— Calum (@Cackles1996) March 18, 2016
Undefendable and inexcusable if Jordan Williams has meant that, and judging by the “I was hacked” excuse, he probably did. Disgusting.
— Seán (@xstlfc) March 18, 2016
Indeed following the immediate backlash, the tweet subsequently disappeared, with Williams claiming that his account had been hacked.
“My Twitter has been hacked, I would never put anything like that to offend anyone, sorry about this.”
Williams’ Twitter page was quickly deactivated just moments after the initial post.