13/11/2012 10:13 GMT

Hibernian Sack Stadium Announcer After Hearts 'Taxman' Jibe

Hibernian have sacked their stadium announcer for taunting city rivals Hearts over their winding-up order.

The Beatles song 'Taxman' was played at half-time of Hibs' 2-1 Easter Road win against Dundee United on Sunday, days after Hearts were served with a winding-up order over unpaid PAYE and VAT. The Edinburgh club is also contesting a separate £1.75m tax bill.

A spokesman for Hibs said: "The stadium announcer's contract has been terminated following a breach of conduct."


Hibs beat Dundee United 2-1

Numerous stadium announcers have aired songs at another team's expense. Notably, Birmingham City's MC played Freddie Mercury's 'Barcelona' and Elvis Costello's 'I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down' when Chelsea played at St. Andrews in March 2006.

Chelsea had that week been eliminated from the Champions League by Barça while the Costello ditty was aired in reference to visiting winger Arjen Robben, renowned for his theatrics.