If there are more potentially violent, disagreeable sports fans on the face of the planet than those of Liverpool FC, I hope that they are on our side when aliens from “District 9″ invade. They will be our first line of defense. And we can pay them in beer! Anyway, radio host Steven Cohen isn’t laughing about it, after death threats from those British soccer fans caused him to end his popular, Los Angeles-based soccer show.
Cohen, host of World Soccer Daily, says that he and his stepdaughters have received death threats, some via the girls’ Facebook accounts, sent by Liverpool supporters. The All Red fans (a few of whom are pictured above) are angry because of remarks Cohen made concerning the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans died when one end of Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, became overcrowded.
Despite the best efforts of MLS, it seems that soccer still takes a back seat in the sports consciousness of your average American fan. So it’s a bit strange to see that a huge furor among footie fans has been caused by comments from an L.A.-based radio host.
Steven Cohen is the British-born host of “World Soccer Daily”, a show on Sirius/XM satellite radio that’s one of the few, if not only, soccer-specific programs on radio. On a recent broadcast, Cohen discussed the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death by too many fans packing the stadium in Sheffield. And based on his comments about the tragedy, many Liverpool supporters want to see Steven silenced - permanently.
The Hillsborough Disaster was the darkest moment in English soccer history. Ninety-six fans of Liverpool were crushed to death in a stampede 20 years ago this week. Basically, it’s the equivalent of Martin Luther King’s assassination; you just don’t joke about it.
So that’s why Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje is in deep shite, after being filmed laughing and joking during a memorial service to commemorate the tragedy. He’s been suspended, and pretty much been told that he’s done at Anfield.
Video evidence, after the jump.