The brother of Sean Cox has told talkSPORT he was ‘shocked’ and ‘very disappointed’ by a video that shows Manchester City players singing a distasteful song about Liverpool fans.
The video, posted on social media on Tuesday, appears to show City players and staff joining in a version of the ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ song as they celebrate winning the Premier League title on their flight home from Brighton.
The song refers to Liverpool fans “crying in the stands” and being “battered on the streets”.
City have denied the players were mocking Hillsborough and Reds fan Sean Cox, who was attacked by Roma supporters outside Anfield last year.
The club have insisted the song – a ‘regular chant during the 2018-19 season’ – instead refers to last season’s Champions League final in Kiev, where a number of Liverpool fans were assaulted by masked hooligans ahead of their game against Real Madrid.
Man City's 'Allez, Allez, Allez!' song
All the way to Kiev,
To end up in defeat.
Crying in the stands,
And battered on the streets.
Kompany injured Salah,
Victims of it all.
Sterling won the double,
The Scousers won f**k all.
Allez, allez, allez!
But Martin Cox insists the song is ‘inappropriate’ for the Manchester City players to sing and says they should know better than to glorify other football supporters being attacked.
“My first reaction was I was very disappointed,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday.
“It’s so close to home for ourselves with Sean, so we’re shocked now to be honest with you.
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“Any song like that, these players are media trained in this day and age and are role models for children.
“I don’t understand why the first thing they want to do, right after they win the league title, is sing about Liverpool, first of all, and then actually sing about fans getting battered in the streets.
“Surely they know that the song is inappropriate.”
Cox also questioned why the City stars were singing about Liverpool in the first place, instead of their own amazing success, and said they could ‘concentrate on their own team’.
He added: “After we beat Wolves, the first thing Jurgen Klopp wanted to do was congratulate Man City on winning the league title. The players as well, the first thing they did is praise Man City.
“I don’t understand why Man City win the league and want to sing about Liverpool. They should be singing about their own club, concentrating on their own team.”
Martin’s brother, Sean – from Dunboyne, Ireland – suffered catastrophic brain injuries after he was assaulted before Liverpool played Roma at Anfield in the Champions League in April 2018.
Three Italian fans were jailed for their part in the attack.
He needed emergency surgery after suffering a bleed on the brain and spent months in hospital, before being moved to a rehabilitation centre in Dublin.
Sean, 54, left care back in April and Martin says his brother is making slow but steady progress.
“Sean is doing good,” Martin said.
“He’s progressing, which is the most important thing. He’s still on a massive long road ahead, but he is progressing. Slowly but surely, he’s getting there .
“It’s baby steps at the moment but we’re on the right road.”