Man City deny players were mocking Sean Cox or Hillsborough during anti-Liverpool chant on plane
A video of Manchester City’s celebrations on a flight back from their Premier League title-clinching victory over Brighton has revealed a controversial chant about Liverpool fans being ‘battered in the streets’ and being ‘victims of it all’
Manchester City have insisted that their players did not mock Liverpool supporter Sean Cox and the Hillsborough disaster in a song during their Premier League title celebrations, describing such suggestions as “entirely without foundation”.
On Tuesday, a video emerged on social media which appeared to show City players flying on a private jet, celebrating the successful defence of the Premier League title by singing the song in question.
The song - a parody of Liverpool’s ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ chant - has been sung throughout the season by City fans and pokes fun at Jürgen Klopp’s side for their defeat in last year’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Its lyrics include a reference to Liverpool supporters being “battered in the streets”. Another line claims City’s rivals are “victims of it all”.
It is not known if any City players or staff were involved in the chant.
Cox was left in a coma last year after being attacked by Roma supporters outside Anfield, shortly before a Champions League semi-final against the Serie A club.
City on Tuesday night denied that the song’s lyrics mock either Cox’s assault or the Hillsborough disaster, which resulted in 96 Liverpool supporters losing their lives at a 1989 FA Cup semi-final.
“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,” a club spokesperson said.
“Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation.”
City narrowly denied Liverpool their first domestic league title in 29 years on Sunday, with victory at Brighton and Hove Albion enduring they would finish one point ahead of their closest challengers.
Liverpool return to the Champions League final next month and will play Tottenham Hotspur at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.