LIVERPOOL fan Sean Cox’s brother has said Man City’s chant about being “battered on the street” made him think of the attack which left his sibling in a coma.
City players were filmed singing the tune in which they also called Liverpool “victims” as they flew back from Brighton after winning the Premier League.
Many Liverpool supporters believed that the reference to being “battered on the street” referred to Mr Cox being seriously injured ahead of a Champions League clash against Roma but City have issued a club statement denying this.
Mr Cox’s brother Martin said the song was wrong whoever the words were directed at.
He told Radio City: “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.”
Martin continued: “It wasn’t long ago that a Manchester City fan was attacked in Germany, so why they think it’s okay to sing songs about people being attacked on the streets when one of their own was attacked not long ago is very naive.
“I feel like the players themselves have let their club down and the majority of their fans. Liverpool themselves have only acted in a dignified way since we lost the league last Sunday.
“The first thing our manager did was come out and congratulate Man City and their players. They congratulated City on having such a great season.
“I think they’ve tarnished themselves now by coming out with songs like that because at the end of the day they are professional footballers and they’ve only let themselves down and their club down.
“They’ve also sent out the wrong message. At the end of the day professional footballers are role models to kids and in this day and age every professional footballer will be media trained so it is surely sending out the wrong message.”
A Man City statement denied the song had anything to do with Sean Cox’s attack last season.
It said: “Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation.”
Liverpool fans have blasted the song which they chanted to the “Allez, Allez, Allez” tune.