The fan has demanded answers after claiming on Twitter that his banner, which calls for justice for the 96 and criticises The Sun newspaper, was painted over with a generic flag of a Liverpool FC crest, writes Tom Belger for the Liverpool Echo .
From his handle @RichieG_LFC, the Reds fan posted an image purporting to show the original banner, which reads: “We told you they lied. Don’t Buy The Scum. Justice for the 96.”
The post was widely shared by supporters on social media today.
The image features a backdrop behind an interview with former Reds striker and Echo columnist Neil Mellor, and shows a red flag with a club crest.
It is believed to have taken place at the youth academy, but it is not clear when it was shot or broadcast – or when any alteration may have been made.
One supporter, Steven Ecott, shared a letter he said he would send to club bosses.
He wrote: “I am writing in regards to a rather upsetting image involving a large video backdrop used at your youth academy.
“The backdrop uses a picture of the Kop in full glory featuring flags, banners and choreography lovingly crafted and proudly displayed by Scousers who adore our football team. Sadly one of the flags included in the backdrop had been doctored.
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“This flag represents a battle for justice that we as a group of supporters have been fighting for the last 28 years, one that we care passionately about.
“This flag has been doctored so it is simply a red flag with your official club crest, covering up entirely the message. This raises one huge question: Why?”
Gary Paterson, another fan, tweeted: “Clubs all over Europe support #jft96 and their fans display banners, but LFC TV block out our fans’ flags. They need to make a statement ASAP.”
Another wrote: “Poor if true.”
But some fans suggested there could be legal reasons for the decision, and some asked how old the mural was.
One wrote: “The banners they appear to have altered go along the vein of knocking the S*n and police. Clubs can’t be held accountable for flags, but there are bound to be legal implications of those kind of statements being put on the wall at the club and used during broadcasts.”
One fan wrote: “It’s possible they aren’t allowed to show the word ‘scum’ on TV.”
Another added: “In all honestly, they’re probably protecting themselves from being sued as The S*n could easily try and sue for defamation. Just a thought.”
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