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image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News Manchester City have denied claims their players celebrated winning the Premier League with a chant mocking the Hillsborough tragedy and injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox.
A video emerged on social media which appeared to show City players singing a distasteful version of Liverpools “Allez Allez Allez” chant on their return flight from Brighton on Sunday.
The song makes reference to Liverpool fans “crying in the stands” and being “battered on the streets” at last years Champions League final in Kiev, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
In a statement, Manchester City insisted the song in question has been a regular chant during the 2018-19 season and refers to last years Champions League final in Kiev, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
“Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation,” the club added.
The point they missed was that when City won what is now called the Championship, the trophy awarded was the same on awarded to United in 1965 & 1967. So are they saying that this trophy doesn’t count? If so their “20 times, 20 times Man United” song is incorrect. It should be “18 times”.
Reports also suggested the song referred to City captain Vincent Kompany injuring Mohamed Salah earlier in the season.
Father-of-three Cox suffered catastrophic head injuries after being assaulted outside Anfield stadium before Liverpools Champions League tie with Roma last year.
“Crying in the stands” is what you do when you get beat in a final. City have yet to get to a Champions League final, but I can assure you that if they did and it was in a place like Kiev, difficult to get to and expensive (and I have been), yes most football fans would be in tears if their team lost.
Roma fan Simone Mastrelli was jailed for three-and-a-half years for the attack on the Liverpool supporter.
They would sing “This is how it feels to be City, This is how it feels to be small, This is how it feels when your team wins nothing at all” courtesy of Inspiral Carpets. City simply changed the last 2 lines – “You signed Phil Jones, We signed Kun Aguero” End of story really.
Ninety six Liverpool fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which remains the worst loss of life at any sporting event in UK history.
Manchester City became the first team to retain the Premier League trophy in a decade on Sunday, in one of the closest ever title races.
• Video published of City players and staff chanting song on plane• Club say chant does not refer to Hillsborough or Sean Cox
A video emerged on social media on Tuesday which appeared to show City players and staff singing a distasteful version of Liverpools Allez, Allez, Allez song as they travelled on a plane following Sundays victory at Brighton which clinched the title.
Read more The song makes reference to Liverpool fans crying in the stands and being battered on the streets at last years 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 suffered serious head injuries after being attacked by Roma supporters before their Champions League semi-final at Anfield.
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.
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 1 June.