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Saturday, 18 April 2009

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez got the bad news he didn't want to hear ahead of Tuesday's crunch encounter with Arsenal at Anfield, when first choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina was ruled out with an injury, and in his place comes the Laughing Frenchman, Charles Itandje.

Itandje it was who was caught on video laughing during the moving rendition of the Tragedy song at the Hillsborough memorial service last Wednesday - an incident that has resulted in many fans calling for his sacking, and repatriation to France.

It's thought that Itandje, who was signed by the Reds in the summer of 2007 from FC Lens, may have been smirking about the way Reina had conceded four goals at Chelsea the night before, sending his team out of the Champions League competition.

But on Wednesday, he was certainly 'back in the lens', albeit that of the collective media photographers, and images on the LFC website sparked thousands of hostile complaints from disgusted fans, who called for him to be given the boot, or, at the very least, a boot up the arse.

Not all fans have reacted angrily though. Some contributors to the BBC 606 website claimed that Mr Itandje, not being from the Merseyside area, probably hadn't realised the seriousness of 96 people losing their lives at a football match. One said:

"He may have been nervous, or it might have been a funny text message."

Another, signing himself in as C-R-A-I-G (U8671353) , wrote in shorthand:

"Hes not from the local area. Not even from England. Would he have known about it when it actually happend. For all you know he could have been text a joke or somethin. Its not uncommon."

Oh, right, that's fine then.

P-L-A-N-K.

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