THE brother of Sean Cox has spoken of his disgust at footage of Manchester City players appearing to sing a song referring to Liverpool fans being ‘battered in the streets’.
Video has emerged of a distasteful version of Liverpool’s ‘Allez Allez Allez’ chant being sung on a flight carrying City’s players and staff home after securing the title at Brighton on Sunday.
It is a song City fans have sung all season and the club will not face any sanctions, with the Football Association saying no rules have been broken.
The club have firmly denied the ‘battered in the streets’ lyric refers to Cox, a Liverpool supporter who suffered brain damage after being assaulted outside Anfield by Roma ultras in April last year.
Even so, Martin Cox, brother of Sean, has condemned the behaviour of those involved in the video.
Cox said: ‘If I’m honest, I’m disgusted. 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.It wasn’t long ago a Manchester City fan was attacked in Germany.
‘I think they’ve tarnished themselves now by coming out with songs like that.’
Another line in the song refers to Liverpool as ‘victims of it all’ but City insist that is not about Cox or the Hillsborough disaster — and the FA has accepted that explanation.
A club spokesperson said: ‘The song in question, which has been a regular chant during (the) season, refers to the 2018 Uefa Champions League final in Kiev. Any suggestion the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation.’