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Civil servant fired over offensive Hillsborough comments on Wikipedia

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

June 17, 2014 | 2 min read

A Liverpool civil servant has been fired after changing Liverpool FC anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to 'you'll never walk again' on a Wikipedia page on the Hillsborough disaster.

The 24-year-old is said to have made this, and several other changes, while using a government computer.

Cabinet office minister Francis Maude, said that the comments about the event, in which 96 people died, were 'sickening'.

In a statement to parliament, he said: "An individual was then subject to a formal disciplinary investigation and dismissed for gross misconduct, on the grounds of responsibility for the 2012 edits.

"The individual in question was a young, junior administrative officer. Subject to further information or leads coming to light, the investigation into the edits is therefore concluded.

"Our position from the very start has been that the amendments made to Wikipedia are sickening. The behaviour is in complete contravention of the Civil Service Code, and every canon of civilised conduct. It is entirely unacceptable."

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