Thursday 17 October 2019

'I'm disgusted' - Brother of Sean Cox blasts Man City players after controversial song about 'battered' Liverpool fans

Sean Cox is recovering from his injuries
Sean Cox is recovering from his injuries
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The brother of Sean Cox has condemned the Man City players after a video emerged appearing to show the squad singing about Liverpool fans being 'battered in the streets'.

A video emerged on social media on Tuesday which appeared to show City players and staff singing a distasteful version of Liverpool's 'Allez, Allez, Allez' song as they travelled on a plane following Sunday's victory at Brighton, which clinched the Premier League title.

The song makes reference to Liverpool fans "crying in the stands" and being "battered on the streets" at last year's Champions League final in Kiev, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. It also contains the lyric "victims of it all".

Liverpool fan Cox was attacked by Roma supporters ahead of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield, and is currently undergoing a lengthy recovery after being in a coma following the incident.

Cox's brother Martin spoke to Radio City about the video, and hit out at Man City over the incident.

"If I'm honest I'm disgusted," he said.

"Singing and chanting those words, it's like it gives the impression that it's okay for people to carry out attacks like that on people in the streets.

"It's a matter very close to our hearts and whether they say it's about Sean or not, the first thing I think about is Sean being attacked.

"I feel like the players themselves have let their club down and the majority of their fans. Liverpool themselves have only acted in a dignified way since we lost the league last Sunday.

"I think they've tarnished themselves now by coming out with songs like that because at the end of the day they are professional footballers and they've only let themselves down and their club down."

A City spokesperson said: "The song in question, which has been a regular chant during the 2018-19 season, refers to the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kiev. Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation."

City's win over Brighton ensured they retained the title by a point from second-placed Liverpool.

The Reds, though, will have another chance to win the Champions League this year when they take on Tottenham in the final in Madrid on June 1.

Writing in the Liverpool Echo, James Pearce branded Man City 'classless' following the incident.

"A joy to watch on the field over the past nine months, City have let themselves down badly off it," he said.

"That galling footage is a reminder that Sheikh Mansour's petrodollars can pay for most things but you can't buy class."

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