I gave serious thought as to whether giving the misguided views of Steven Cohen (pictured above, left) more publicity was something I wanted to, but our friends at EPL Talk asked very nicely and I am hopeful you will see his comments for what they are…
Cohen is the co-host of the World Soccer Daily radio show and has been spouting his arrogant and ignorant views on the Hillsborough disaster to his large American audience.
He said: “People showing up without ticket, hell bent in getting into somewhere where they shouldn’t be going because they don’t have tickets, is the root cause of [the Hillsborough Disaster].”
“I’m yet to read anybody write in this weekend’s Sunday papers in England, where they’re all doing big commemorations about the 96, and why we should never forget and how it’s changed the game, nobody discusses the 6-8,000 who showed up without tickets and my argument has always been, if those people don’t show up, this never happens.”
“[Hillsborough] is a stadium that week-in week-out, Sheffield Wednesday used without incident.”
Now, as disrespectful as this is to the 96 victims and their families, I think most right-minded people will see straight through this as complete and utter tosh. If you want to read his comments torn to shreds, The Gaffer has already done it for you.
So I will take a different tack and say that the losers in the wake of Cohen’s rant are American football fans (ie football fans in America, not people who like to watch rugby in crash helmets).
OTP has plenty of American readers who clearly know the game, know its history and are generally sussed on ‘soccer’. People like Cohen really set you back. He obviously has no idea and his views are being broadcast on one of the US’s main football radio shows. Scary stuff.