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Spurs apologise for tweeting vine mocking Steven Gerrard and Liverpool's collapse at Palace

Published 06/05/2014 | 08:09

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts following his team's 3-3 draw during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez can't contain his emotion following his team's 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park

After suffering through nine minutes of football hell at the hands of Crystal Palace, Liverpool fans were bombarded with abuse on social media platforms as their quest for a first title in 24 years fell apart.

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Leading 3-0 thanks to goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez' 31st goal of the season, Liverpool fans were already crossing their fingers for a Man City slip-up only to suffer a catastrophic one themselves.

When Ireland's Damien Delaney pulled one back the danger to Liverpool seemed limited, after Dwight Gayle made it 3-2 another goal seemed inevitable and it duly arrived.

No sooner had the final whistle blown than the mocking began and Liverpool's Glen Johnson took the bait by attacking fans on twitter who criticised him as part of the defence that conceded a three-goal lead. “Absolutely clueless,” he wrote.

A Vine video has gone viral which segued from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard leading an inspirational team huddle after victory over City to his slip to gift fellow title contenders Chelsea the opening goal in their recent 2-0 win at Anfield.

That was followed by footage of Dwight Gayle's equaliser for Palace, a close-up of the 3-3 scoreline from Sky's coverage and an unrelated clip of Palace boss Tony Pulis laughing in a BBC interview.

The vine was tweeted through the official twitter account of Tottenham Hotspur.

Shortly after Brendan Rodgers' side threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace, all but surrendering the title to Manchester City, a post mocking them appeared on Tottenham's official Twitter feed.

It read: "Brutal but very funny. The biggest capitulation since Newcastle in the 90s." That referred to the 1995-96 Premier League season, when Newcastle let a 12-point lead slip away and finished second to Manchester United.

Spurs removed the offending post and subsequently tweeted: "We are currently looking into a security issue where our official Vine account has been compromised.

"We apologise to anyone offended by a recent tweet, which was immediately deleted. This post was not tweeted by anyone affiliated to THFC."

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The twitter public couldn't help but draw comparisons between Crystal Palace's amazing comeback and Liverpool's heroic comeback in Istanbul in 2005... although Liverpool faced an AC Milan defence comprising of Cafu, Nesta, Stam and Maldini.

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The back pages of the papers in the UK this morning told the whole story.

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The mental state of Liverpool fans was foremost in peoples minds last night.

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Here are some more clever photos from last night

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View the story "Twitter reacts to Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Palace" on Storify

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