Tottenham Hotspur deleted a tweet that mocked Liverpool after the Reds had all but squandered the Premier League trophy by drawing with Crystal Palace on Monday, having been 3-0 in front at Selhurst Park.
The North London club's official Twitter account seemed to taunt Brendan Rodgers' side, posting a short video that represented Liverpool's decline from title favourites to likely also-rans.
Squawka Football tweeted a screenshot of the original tweet which read: "Brutal but very funny. The biggest capitulation since Newcastle in the 90s."
The Spurs official Twitter account tweeted this in reference to the Liverpool game tonight. (Since deleted). pic.twitter.com/wOPLCrvQB5— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 5, 2014
The attached video included a clip from Steven Gerrard's post-match huddle after their victory over Manchester City, then juxtaposed with the Liverpool captain's slip against Chelsea, Palace's equalising goal on Monday and Eagles manager Tony Pulis laughing.
The 2-0 loss against Chelsea and Monday's 3-3 draw has seen Liverpool lose grip on a first title since 1990, which was in their hands after they beat City 3-2 on April 13.
Spurs' tweet was online for only eight minutes, per David Kent in the Daily Mail, and the club tweeted an apology soon after:
We apologise to anyone offended by a recent tweet, which was immediately deleted. This post was not tweeted by anyone affiliated to THFC.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2014
We are currently looking into a security issue where our official Vine account has been compromised.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2014
The suggestion seemed to be that the tweet had only appeared because the official Tottenham Twitter feed had been hacked rather than someone at the club actually doing it on purpose.
Monday night saw Liverpool goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez canceled out by a Damien Delaney strike and a double from substitute Dwight Gayle in the final 11 minutes.
Suarez appeared to be in tears following the game, per Sky Sports:
While the result put the Reds back at the top of the league, one point above Manchester City, they have only one game remaining while the Sky Blues have two, making them clear title favourites.
The reference in the tweet to Newcastle alludes to the 1995-96 season when Kevin Keegan's side were 12 points clear at the top of the table in January but ended up second to Manchester United.
The Guardian's Daniel Harris was not overly impressed with Spurs' conduct:
For a brief shining moment you feel positively towards Spurs, and then they ruin it. Typical.— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) May 5, 2014
Liverpool will be hoping that either Aston Villa or West Ham can do them the biggest of favours and beat Manchester City this week while the Reds will face Newcastle on the final day.
Meanwhile, Spurs' last game is home to Aston Villa. Given that any result is likely to keep them in sixth place, they would be well advised to comment only on their own performances in the future.