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Hibs sack stadium announcer over 'Taxman' jibe at Hearts

Announcer played the Beatles song as city rivals struggle with financial woes.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon during a recent SPL game.
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon during a recent SPL game.
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SCOTTISH FOOTBALL CLUB Hibernian have sacked their stadium announcer after he played a Beatles song to allegedly taunt city rivals Hearts over their current financial difficulties.

The Edinburgh club have been issued with a winding up order by HMRC over an unpaid £450,000 PAYE and VAT bill.

The track, which contains the lyrics “if you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, if you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat” was played near the end of the half-time interval during Sunday’s match against Dundee United at Easter Road.

A spokesperson for the club told the Edinburgh Evening News the song had not been sanctioned for use and added: “The stadium announcer’s contract has been terminated following a breach of conduct.”

However, the decision has sparked a backlash on Twitter with fans using the #justiceforwilliedocherty hashtag to call for the announcers reinstatement.

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