A video has emerged of Man City players appearing to sing the controversial version that mocks Liverpool’s ‘Allez Allez Allez’ song.
Liverpool lost out to City in the Premier League title race on Sunday, as a 4-1 win at Brighton earned Pep Guardiola’s side back-to-back titles.
The Reds were magnanimous in ‘defeat’, with both Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson sending their congratulations to City.
The mutual respect doesn’t appear to have been reciprocated, however, as a video of the champions’ players has surfaced online.
The song, which refers to stricken Liverpool supporter Sean Cox with a line about fans being “battered in the streets”, appears to be being sung on a plane back from Brighton to Manchester on Sunday.
The song also references Mohamed Salah being injured by City captain Vincent Kompany, and a line on ‘victims of it all’ – which many deem to be a Hillsborough reference.
Here’s how Liverpool supporters reacted to the video online.
Liverpool players, after beating Barcelona, sang You'll Never Walk Alone with the fans on the pitch.
Man City players sang songs about a Liverpool fan being battered in the streets and put into a coma. https://t.co/ePpIEtMVei
— Stephen Drennan (@babuyagu) May 14, 2019
Back to Back Premier League Champions an their players are singing a song that references a fan getting beaten half to death. Shithouse club from bottom to top. https://t.co/gT5PoFbxnR
— Stanley House 6?? (@StanleyHouseLFC) May 14, 2019
After our game against Wolves, the Liverpool players and Klopp all congratulated City on winning the league.
Meanwhile the City players sang about “Kompany injuring Salah” and Sean Cox, who has only recently come out of a coma.
Money can’t buy class https://t.co/U6ZgPwd0Kv
— Josh (@KloppStyle) May 14, 2019
That video of the Man City squad singing is not a good look. Staggering that it hasn't got more attention.
— Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) May 14, 2019
Money just can’t buy class ..@ManCity
— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) May 14, 2019
City fans logging on today pic.twitter.com/JdfElmyV9v
— Jack (@LoungeActJack) May 14, 2019
City fans are jumping through hoops trying to explain it isn't about Sean Cox. Missing the point really. Singing about people being 'battered' isn't a good look in general.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) May 14, 2019
Show this to our players https://t.co/kjwjlAs3EN
— LFCTS (@LFCTS) May 14, 2019
That video of the Man City players singing is a really, really bad look for them.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) May 14, 2019
Spent all afternoon assuming that City plane video would come out as a fake. Given the club went out the Champions League early again and one of their own fans ended up in a coma in Schalke its bizarre that anyone at City still sings it. Never mind professional footballers
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) May 14, 2019
Shocked to see that footage of the City players on the plane and their fans defending it! – Surely an official apology has to be released ASAP! #LFC
— Carl Clemente (@clemente_carl) May 14, 2019
‘Kompany injured Salah’ is a bad enough line for Man City’s playing squad to sign before you consider that the ‘battered in the streets’ line comes from a Liverpool fan being left in a critical condition.
At least these lads saved football though… https://t.co/WHYQe1BygH
— Olli Emmerson (@Oliver_Emmerson) May 14, 2019
Perhaps City, who released a statement earlier on Tuesday denying FFP violations after it was claimed UEFA could ban them from European football, will provide an explanation in due course.
UPDATE: City have issues a statement, and gone full Donald Trump:
“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.”