Controversial commentary riles Liverpool faithful as deeply affecting anniversary approaches


Steven Cohen is at it again, poking Liverpool fans at their time of annual grieving.

In some ways, this is nothing new. Cohen, a podcast producer and former Fox Soccer Channel host, declared himself enemy of the Anfield faithful previously with his highly controversial views on the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in 1989.

Liverpool FC’s policy is never to play on April 15, date of the tragedy. This year, the policy will also affect Chelsea’s scheduling during a busy time around Stamford Bridge.

So Cohen has kicked Liverpool fans in the teeth once again. Here’s the gist of a piece published at

(Update: The story at has now been removed.)

Chelsea, quite rightly, is asking that it be given the maximum possible advantage prior to a possible Champions League semifinal and naturally prefers to play on the Saturday rather than at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Liverpool, however, refuses to play football on April 15 because of the 1989 tragedy at Hillsborough. Now, I have been accused in my time of not seeing it Liverpool’s way on the issue of Hillsborough. My opinion has not changed one bit, but I am not here right now to debate responsibilities or blame. What I am here to say is that this continual request of Liverpool to have the entire English football world come to a standstill every April 15 is ridiculous and it is trying to put the might and fury of Liverpool above all other clubs 23 years after the event.

Two things to take away:

First, he’s wrong. Very, very wrong. Generally, his views on Hillsborough belong in the Hall of Fame of Wrong. (The disavowed Chelsea supporter was so wildly off base with his previous comments regarding Hillsborough that Stamford Bridge management issued an official statement further distancing from the controversial broadcaster.)

The Taylor Report concluded unequivocally that crowd mismanagement by police had caused the disaster.

This is a deeply affecting event for Liverpool and its supporters, and very few in the game seem at odds with Liverpool’s understandable preference to hold an annual memorial on the date rather than ever play a match.

Second, somehow word got out erroneously that NBC has hired Cohen, who in 2009 was dismissed from his role on Fox Football Fone-In. This is also incorrect. Take it from an employee of NBC Universal: our friends at the network say no such thing has happened.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.