A Leinster House IP address added the word 'wanker' to Roy Keane's Wiki page 108 times 5 years ago

A Leinster House IP address added the word 'wanker' to Roy Keane's Wiki page 108 times

Well this is a bit odd, isn't it.

If you fancy spending a somewhat depressing few hours, check out this brilliant bit of work by @RialtasWatch. The account is set up to track anonymous Wikipedia edits that come from IP addresses registered to Leinster House and today they published details of 1,829 edits from 2002 to 2010.

You can check out all the various things they got into (it is very varied) but thanks to this tweet by Eoin Butler, we were alerted to a specific Roy Keane edit.

And, sure enough, here it is. Added at 14.20 on November 20 2009, the entire 'Childhood and early career' section is deleted to be replaced by the word 'wanker' 108 times.

Check it out for yourself here. We don't know whether to be horrified by the childishness or impressed by the sheer gusto of their dislike for the Cork man.

And what had Roy done on that particular date to merit such a bizarre assault on his Wiki page? Well that morning Keane had said that he wondered what all the fuss over the Thierry Henry handball had been about.

"I'd be more annoyed with my defenders and my goalkeeper than Thierry Henry," is just a sample of what he said in an Ipswich Town presser that day.  "How can you let the ball bounce in your six-yard box? How can you let Thierry Henry get goalside? If the ball goes into the six-yard box, where the hell is my goalkeeper?"