A YOUNG Liverpool FC striker was today under investigation by the club after claiming 9/11 was not the work of terrorists. Reserve team striker Nathan Eccleston, 20, has caused outrage after his posting on Twitter on the 10th anniversary of the atrocity.
In it, he claimed the attacks were "an accident" and that he believed the "Illuminati" – a shadowy society spread across the world – were responsible.
Eccleston, who has so far made nine appearances for the Reds, wrote: "I aint going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #O.T.I.S." (OTIS stands for ‘Only The Illuminati Succeed’.)
Now senior officials at the US-owned club have told the Manchester-born player he faces an investigation into his posting. The Tweet had been removed from his site.
An LFC spokesman said: "The club takes this matter extremely seriously and senior club officials have informed Nathan Eccleston that we are undertaking an investigation into the circumstances surrounding these postings and will decide on an appropriate course of action."
Fans were split over the striker’s actions. Some took to internet message boards to defend him as "only young", saying he was allowed to voice an opinion. But most slammed him, with some calling for him to never wear the shirt again and others labelling him as "idiotic, misinformed and basically stupid".
Eccleston joined LFC from Bury aged 15 and has spent time out on loan at Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic. He gave up his number 39 shirt from last season’s squad when Craig Bellamy returned to Anfield last month.
As an LFC fan from New York, I, personally, took offense that he would have the nerve to post something like that ON 9/11. I lost a lot of people that day, and for him to think that ~Illuminati~ are behind it, I can't even. Of course, it's his opinion and that's fine and dandy, it was just in extremely poor form to say something like that on 9/11. I'm glad LFC are looking into it though, should prove as a lesson for football / athletes alike to be mindful of what they tweet.