Last night.

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.

After securing a Champions League final place with a 7-6 aggregate defeat of Roma, Liverpool players unfurled a banner paying tribute to Dubliner Sean Cox, who remains critical following an alleged assault at the home leg ln Anfield.

Sean, a 53-year-old Liverpool supporter, was left in a critical condition following the incident that saw two Italian men charged and remanded in custody by Merseyside Police .

Reds show support for Sean Cox at the Olimpico (Liverpool FC)

60 thoughts on “In Fairness

  1. Brother Barnabas

    liverpool are really showing their class and decency. not just this, though, i don’t remember the last time an english team has been so popular among rival supporters – way they’re playing, conducting themselves etc. it’s great to see.

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    1. b

      Leicester 2 years ago

      believe me, Liverpool’s popularity amongst United fans is still at historic lows

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      1. scottser

        not true. as a united supporter, i and many others have ‘manager envy’. klopp is to commended for how he dealt with coutinho, turned milner into a proper no 7 and produced robertson out of nowhere. as last night showed, though they still can’t defend for sh1te but they are amazing going forward.

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      2. scottser

        as a united fan, i and many others have ‘manager envy’. i’d love to see what klopp could do with a team who know how to defend.

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        1. b

          granted Liverpool are ‘good to watch’, alot better than united this season, but Klopps system only seems to have a forward gear – i’m not sure there’s many other teams in Europe that can go so many goals ahead and still look vulnerable

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  2. Ina.

    He’ll walk alone once the the media loses interest. Don’t expect Liverpool FC to give him any substantial financial help.

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  3. Andrew

    In fairness/ There’s something not quite right about this. Liverpool FC and its supporters seem to be choosy about what they express their grief and sorrow over. There’s rarely a mention of Heysel and they can get quite tetchy when it is mentioned.
    Apart from that, I’d really question what a man in his fifties from another country is doing going to ‘support’ a football team in another country.
    I hope he recovers obviously, but these overt displays of sympathy rub me up the wrong way.

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      1. Andrew

        sincerity. Grand gestures and public displays like this are meaningless if the same people are in denial about their past and in indeed their present.

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        1. dav

          Ah the old Liverpool supporters deserve badness because of Heysel argument, you must be a fan of the daily express..
          https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/liverpool-fc-daily-express-apology-champions-league-roma-fan-violence-hillsborough-a8325216.html

          “Under the headline “Liverpool must take serious action after Roma violence or risk further trouble”, freelance journalist Colin Mafham asked: “Why does trouble seem to follow them like bees round a honey pot?””

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          1. Ironballs McGinty

            Maybe they’re a fan of additional evidence such as the nonsense with the Man City team bus only a few weeks back.

        2. Yep

          There is a memorial plaque at Anfield. Over dozen fans charged. They took themselves out of Europe after. What else do you suggest 30 years later?

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          1. Andrew

            They didn’t ‘take themselves out of Europe’ They along with all English clubs were banned from Europe.

        3. ReproBertie (SCU)

          ” I’d really question what a man in his fifties from another country is doing going to ‘support’ a football team in another country.”
          I know plenty of people who travel to London (and, indeed, America) from Ireland to watch the NFL. A mate of mine and his father are AC Milan season ticket holders and regularly travel to see them play. Why would you feel the need to question other people’s sporting interests?

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        4. Bertie Blenkinsop

          “it’s okay to support Celtic but not Liverpool because…. de Brits”.

          Instead, let’s do a Danny Dyer strut around Tallaght Village like it’s Green Street and chant in a mockney accent.

          Ask. My. Gash.

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          1. Andrew

            I think people who ‘support’ teams from any other country apart from their own is pathetic. Nothing to do with Brit bashing. Same goes fro plastic Celtic fans.
            These people invariably only ‘support’ the more successful teams. They are not really interested in the sport per se, more the reflected glory. It’s a bit pathetic.
            These people are customers more than fans.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            That says a lot more about you than anyone else Andrew.

            How very intolerant of you.

          3. ReproBertie (SCU)

            I have a mate who supports the incredibly successful Oakland Raiders and goes to see them every time he visits his LA living brother. Purely for the reflected glory of course.

          4. Rob_G

            @Andrew – that’s fine, but could you not have found a more appropriate thread to voice your disdain about people liking the things they like; one that wasn’t about a show of support for a man fighting for his life?

          5. Nigel

            I think being a judgemental tootle-too about other people’s harmless pastimes which have no.impact on you whatsoever is toxic and unpleasant. Doing so in such tragic circumstances is also narcissistic.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Why would you question a man going to watch the football team he follows? What is suspect about that?

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      1. Rob_G

        Andrew is suspicious that, somewhere out there, there might be, just might be, people enjoying themselves.

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          1. Andrew

            I’m just expressing an opinion. If that is uncomfortable for you, well so be it. I don’t listen to Joe Duffy

          2. Bertie Blenkinsop

            It’s in no way uncomfortable for me.
            I think you’re a bitter curmudgeon.
            I’m in great form today after last night.
            Roll on the Final.

          3. Owen

            Andrew, the reason nobody talks about Heysel, and why Liverpool supports probably get annoyed about it, is that it was 33 YEARS AGO!

            Do the Germans get annoyed if you bring up the Holocaust? Probably. Does that mean they can never again hold an approach other then that which support the Holocaust?

            You’re not only a troll, you’re a narrow minded, attention seeking clown.

      1. SOQ

        I used to work up besides Wembley stadium in the late eighties. You kept your mouth firmly shut because the anti Irish chants alone were menacing.

        They also had a big racist problem but just look at that picture now, all kinds of everything so while slow, progress is being made. I am trying to spot the gays but its hard when they are all dressed the same mind. That is the next big hurdle for English soccer.

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      2. Ciaran

        Heysel was about Liverpool FC supporters being directly responsible for the deaths of 36 Juventus supporters.

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      1. Andrew

        That’s it? That’s your contribution Topsy? That’s great. Is that what you do when someone says things you don’t like? Call them names?
        Oh Topsy! You disappoint me.

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    2. Daisy Chainsaw

      It too Juve 30 years to acknowledge their deceased fans. Liverpool have a plaque and the 2 groups of fans have played matches for years.

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      1. Andrew

        Are you casting blame on to Juventus now Daisy?
        The people responsible for the deaths of 36 people that day were Liverpool fans. You know those great fans that pelted the Man City bus with bottles a few weeks ago? Those ‘fans’.

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          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Something tells me Andrew is one of those Shamrock Rovers fans with a Paul Weller haircut and a Stone Island jacket…..

  4. Murtles

    Thankfully we don’t live in a fascist dictatorship so anyone can travel anywhere in the world they like to support who they like for any reason they like. There’s houses for sale in North Korea if ya don’t like it.

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    1. Andrew

      Of course they can . But call it what it is. It’s shopping, it’s tourism, it’s consumerism.
      Nothing more than that. Don’t try and dress it up as something more than that.
      North Korea is my choice is it? Who is the fascist here? You disagree with me so I should emigrate to an open prison?

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          1. SOQ

            He should be dragged out into that car park, tied to a pole and soundly whipped. Or, if he’s into that sort of thing, just given a good stern talking to.

  5. Paulus

    That Andrew should link this debate to a post referencing the critical medical condition of a football fan may not be the wisest move; but I for one agree with much of what he says:
    What is it that drives people to lay such fanatical devotion at the (expensive) feet of members of a foreign football team? And how do they choose the team in the first place? I suspect they choose a team that many of their mates down the pub support, and one that’s already very successful.
    So yes, the choice is usually a team that will guarantee the maximum amount of reflected glory despite having no real tangible connection with it.
    And can there be anything sadder than the sight of a middle-aged man sporting the specific jersey of his hero-player from a particular team – complete with player’s name and number so that he can roar at the telly down the local and mock those who support other teams with taunts such as “We won”. What’s this WE business? Jerseys like that are just about acceptable if your age is in single digits.

    So why be concerned about this?
    Because these people usually have a vote: How are they likely to make intelligent choices when they are so clearly incapable of having an independent, well-informed opinion of their own?
    They’ve been following the herd all their lives…and that’s what they do in the polling booth!

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    1. Nigel

      O think the sight of grown adults railing against the harmless pastimes of other grown adults us sadder by far.

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