Reds see red over Hillsborough comments
Last month OTP told you about the myths and lies about Hillsborough being pedalled by World Soccer Daily radio host Steven Cohen.
The UK-born DJ recently apologised for his comments (which can be read here), which makes the Liverpool club statement released yesterday about as prompt as Rio Ferdinand turning up to a doping test. Nevertheless, the fact that Liverpool have decided to get involved is testament to the work done by The Gaffer and other US-based football fans in making sure Cohen’s ill-informed views were exposed to a British audience.
The statement reads: “Liverpool Football Club totally condemns the comments regarding the Hillsborough disaster made by the radio and TV broadcaster Steve Cohen.
“Mr Cohen has obviously never taken the time to read the Taylor Report which stated clearly that ticketless fans were not a contributory factor or responsible for the events of that day. To use the 20th anniversary of the disaster to repeat false claims about Liverpool fans (which Mr Cohen first broadcast and then apologised for in 2006) is even more unacceptable.”
Cohen issued an apology earlier this week, but rather than retract his statement went on to defend the freedom of speech.
He said: “My apology is directed at any and all people whose feelings have been hurt and people who have had awful memories and scars re-opened. The apology is heartfelt, genuine and sincere.
“I believe in the freedom of speech, opinion and expression and hold these values and freedoms as being among the most treasured of all freedoms.
“I recognise that with my position as one of the hosts of a popular radio show, I have a responsibility to my audience and perhaps the radio is not the ideal place to express every opinion and every belief I have if the net result is many people being hurt and upset.”
I hope he doesn’t think that every football fan in England tunes into his show to hang on his every word on the basis of this.