A Blackpool man who posted vile messages on the internet about the victims of Hillsborough has escaped being sent to prison.
Chelsea fan John Boden wrote how he hoped that someone would dig up the bodies of the 96 who died, tie their bones to the back of a Transit van and drive around the streets of Anfield.
Boden also posted: “Ninety six lay dead on the floor - ha ha - and 96 wasn’t enough.”
Boden, 24, of Branstree Road, Mereside, admitted two offences of posting grossly offensive messages via a public electronic communications network.
Sentencing him to a 12 week jail term suspended for a year District Judge Hugh Edwards told him: “This is the worst case of its type I have come across.
“ The hurt and the distress to those who lost relatives at Hillsborough cannot be imagined and this came at a time the whole thing is being re-lived at Warrington.
“I am only pulling back from sending you straight to jail because of your remorse and your immediate confession to what you did.”
Jane Yates, prosecution, said the background to the case was the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives when Nottingham Forest played Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.
On April 27 this year Boden made a post on Facebook after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea.
Boden stated: “Tell you what I lost every bit of respect for Liverpool and their fans after what happened last night.
“A Chelsea fan was stabbed in Liverpool by a group of fans.
“And their was a group of fans outside the Chelsea players’ hotel with loud music and fireworks trying to keep the players awake, how sad.”
He then ranted about digging up the bodies of the tragic Liverpool fans before ending his diatribe with “rot where they belong”.
The prosecutor added: “A man saw the message on Facebook and described it as derogatory and vile. Another person contacted Facebook and asked for it to be deleted.
“He contacted Boden by message and Boden replied privately.”
Peter Manning, defending, said: “My client is a social inadequate who rarely goes out.
“If he is sent to prison he will be bullied in particular because of the offence he has committed.
“He is a frightened young man. People have been taking his photograph and there have been internet threats made against him.”
Boden was also told to pay £85 court costs and £80 victims surcharge.