Manchester City have denied claims their players celebrated winning the Premier League with a chant mocking the Hillsborough tragedy and injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox.
A video emerged on social media which appeared to show City players singing a distasteful version of Liverpool’s “Allez Allez Allez” chant on their return flight from Brighton on Sunday.
The song makes reference to Liverpool fans “crying in the stands” and being “battered on the streets” at last year’s Champions League final in Kiev, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
It also contains the lyric “victims of it all”.
In a statement, Manchester City insisted the song in question has been a regular chant during the 2018-19 season and refers to last year’s Champions League final in Kiev, which Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
“Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation,” the club added.
Reports also suggested the song referred to City captain Vincent Kompany injuring Mohamed Salah earlier in the season.
Father-of-three Cox suffered catastrophic head injuries after being assaulted outside Anfield stadium before Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Roma last year.
Roma fan Simone Mastrelli was jailed for three-and-a-half years for the attack on the Liverpool supporter.
Ninety six Liverpool fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which remains the worst loss of life at any sporting event in UK history.
Manchester City became the first team to retain the Premier League trophy in a decade on Sunday, in one of the closest ever title races.
The Sky Blues finished the season on 98 points – just one point ahead of runners-up Liverpool.