Manchester City have strongly refuted claims that their players and staff mocked the Hillsborough disaster and Sean Cox as they celebrated beating Liverpool to the Premier League title.
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 on a plane as they flew back to Manchester following Sunday’s title-clinching win at Brighton.
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.
The song, which also contains the lyric “victims of it all”, drew strong criticism after it emerged online.
But City have insisted the suggestion the chant is refereeing to Hillsborough or Reds fan Cox, who was attacked by Roma supporters last year, is ‘entirely without foundation’.
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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.”
Man City's Allez, Allez, Allez! song
All the way to Kiev,
To end up in defeat,
Crying in the stands,
And battered in the streets,
Kompany injured Salah,
Victims of it all,
Sterling won the double,
And the Scousers won f*** all,
Allez, Allez, Allez,
Allez, Allez, Allez,
Allez, Allez, Allez…
City’s win over Brighton ensured they retained the title by a point from second-placed Liverpool, and can complete an unprecedented domestic treble if they can win the FA Cup final against Watford on Saturday.
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.