A SUNDERLAND fan has sparked outrage after mocking the Newcastle United supporters who died on Malaysian flight MH17 on Twitter.
After the Black Cats’ 8-0 defeat at Southampton, a tweet was posted which said: “We might be getting beat 8-0, but at least our fans never got butchered in Ukraine.”
That was quickly followed by a tweet showing cartoon images of planes and explosions, before a further tweets said: “John Alder and Bobby Sands are dead anyway, so that’s areet.”
Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed when their flight was shot down over the Ukraine in July. They were travelling to see their team play in New Zealand.
Twitter users took to social media to condemn the comments.
Alistair Murray wrote: “John was a friend of mine for nearly 40 years, you couldn’t even begin to understand the pain your ‘bit of banter’ has caused.”
Anonymous True Fan wrote: “Josh, you do not represent SAFC at all. Shame on you on such comments. Despite the rivalry, mutual respect is given.”
The comments came as justice secretary Chris Grayling promised tougher sentences on internet trolls of up to two years – four times the current six-month maximum.
•A 19-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of making a malicious communication. He has now been bailed.