Walsall today apologised and launched an investigation after offensive comments mocking Wolves appeared on the Saddlers’ official Twitter feed after their derby win at Molineux.
Saddlers officials say their Twitter account was hacked shortly after the final whistle at Molineux, leading to a derogatory tweet that remained online for several minutes before being deleted.
The tweet began with the misspelled phrase: “Better look next time” before making offensive comments about Wolves supporters.
The Saddlers tweeted: “Walsall FC would like to apologise for the unsavoury comments that appeared after our official Twitter account was hacked.”
Today, they added: "Our official account was hacked at 22:36 last night and a derogative and frankly disgusting tweet was published. As soon as the club’s Communications Team, who were at Molineux for the fixture, were made aware of the Tweet, it was deleted and an apology issued.
"Walsall Football Club are taking this matter very, very seriously. A full investigation will be launched.
"Walsall FC do not condone this type of behaviour and when the culprit is identified the club will be taking the strongest course of action."
Earlier, genuine tweets from the official Saddlers Twitter feed had praised the performance of Dean Smith’s side and poked fun at Wolves after Molineux boss Kenny Jackett described Wolves as “the bigger club” and Walsall as “the underdogs” before the derby.
The Saddlers tweeted: “Walsall showed energy, passion, determination, spirit and togetherness. Well done lads. David vs Goliath? Really....”
And they added: “Robert Plant, Noddy Holder, Suzi Perry, Rachel Heyhoe-Flint, Mark from Sam & Mark... Your boys took one ‘ell of a beating...”
Walsall’s players also took to Twitter to express their delight at their victory, with unused substitute Ben Purkiss even joking about the spelling error in the offensive tweet.
The full-back said: “If you’re clever enough to hack an account you should be able to spell ‘luck’ correctly! Enjoy!”
Walsall goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, who made two vital saves, tweeted: “Absolutely buzzing, what a win. Lads different class again. Fans were ledge again. Clean sheet and 3 points no better feeling.”
And midfielder Nicky Featherstone added on Twitter: “Another very good away win and another clean sheet! Takes us into Saturday’s game with a bit of momentum! Day off tomorrow to chill.”
Today, Wolves put out a series of tweets drawing a line under the matter:
We've spoken to Walsall this morning and have great relationship with them at all levels of club. Completely accept their explanation and...— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) September 18, 2013
...This issue should not take shine off their victory last night. As far as we are concerned the matter is done and dusted.We look forward..— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) September 18, 2013
...To our visit to Walsall later in the season and trying to get three points for ourselves.— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) September 18, 2013