Topman 'Apologises' After Foolish Hillsborough Gaffe

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FASHION RETAILER TOPMAN is at the centre of controversy after it was accused of selling a t-shirt which many thought referenced the Hillsborough disaster.

In a statement to this morning, the firm said: "Topman apologises unreservedly for any offence caused by this T-shirt", a company spokesperson said.

The item also had an image of a rose on it as well as the phrase "what goes around comes back around" and the word "karma" on one of the sleeves, the BBC reported.

The retailer says the shirt, which was being sold for £20, was "inspired" by the Bob Marley's song "What Goes Around Comes Around", which was re-released in 1996.

Liverpool fans have accused Topman of mocking victims of the Hillsborough disaster after a t-shirt featuring the number "96" and the word "karma" went on sale on its website.

In April 2016, inquests confirmed the supporters were unlawfully killed in the disaster as a result of police failures, defects in the stadium and a delayed response from emergency services.

'I really do believe it is something to do with Hillsborough, ' she said.

Topman have been contacted for comment by Sportsmail and there is no suggestion they have deliberately made reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

Another upset fan @TheHoodedClaw66, tweeted: 'So it's a "BobMarley song and it's managed to get through god knows how many people before it's printed".

"People will use it now as a way of antagonising Liverpool fans", Brookes added.

Topman have also received an extensive backlash from supporters on Twitter, with the shirt described as "unbelievably insensitive" and an "absolute disgrace".

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