20 years on

Itandje faces probe after Hillsborough memorial

April 17, 2009

A Liverpool footballer is facing a club investigation after allegations of inappropriate behaviour during a Hillsborough Disaster memorial service.

Reserve team goalkeeper Charles Itandje appears on TV footage to be laughing and fooling around during the emotional service at Anfield on Wednesday.

Around 30,000 people attended the memorial to mark the 20th anniversary of the disaster which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters.

The footage of the 26-year-old French keeper is being circulated on the internet alongside comments condemning his alleged behaviour.

Many fans have labelled him disrespectful, immature and insensitive and called for him to be sacked or sold.

One comment on the popular lfcreds.com site said: "Hillsborough is a very meaningful and important event for Liverpool, the families of the victims, the club, the team and the people of Liverpool.

"If Itandje really did that, then he has no respect.''

Liverpool FC has yet to comment on the matter but sources say officials have viewed the footage and are considering disciplinary action.

Richie Pedder, chairman of the LFC supporter's club, said: "I don't think he realised the importance of the occasion.

"That sort of behaviour was not appropriate. I don't think he will still be at the club come the summer.''

Itandje signed for Liverpool in August 2007 and made his first-team debut the following month. He made six further appearances that season but has not played first team football since.

He was placed on the club's transfer list last summer.