DUNDEE United have issued an apology for offence caused after their Twitter account produced offensive tweets regarding religion.

The Tannadice club were forced to take action to reset their social media Twitter and Facebook pages after offensive posts appeared on both.

The first of the hacked tweets appeared on United's account during the second half of their game vital Premiership play off match against St Mirren which they lost in a penalty shootout.

One message said: "Mon the Rangers".

Another said: "F*** the pope"."

Two twitter users with the usernames @ymmac and @bigguymessiah claimed responsibility for the hack.

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A club statement said: "Dundee United would like to apologise for offence caused by the hacked tweets regarding religion. We are currently working behind the scenes to resolve the matter.

Earlier a club statement said: "Unfortunately, Dundee United's social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook were both hacked during the Premiership play-off final second leg and remain offline while the club investigates the breach.

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"We want to apologise for any offence that was caused by the content that was posted.

"The accounts will remain offline, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are planning to be back online as soon as possible."

Later the club told fans: "It is a hectic time and we are trying our best to make the situation better through humour on twitter and hard work behind the scenes. A full website statement will be released in due course."

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