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Monday, April 9, 2012

Alan Davies blasts Liverpool FC over refusal to play on Hillsborough Anniversary

TV funnyman Alan Davies is set to provoke a storm of protest for a foul-mouthed rant criticising Liverpool Football Club's refusal to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster.

The Jonathan Creek and QI star made his shocking outburst during the latest edition of his popular podcast for Arsenal fans 'The Tuesday Club'.

The 46-year-old -- who once hit the headlines for biting a homeless man's ear in a drunken attack outside a swanky London club -- was discussing the dates of the forthcoming FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.


Liverpool's clash with Merseyside rivals, Everton, takes place on Saturday, April 14th. Tottenham take on Chelsea the following day -- the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Liverpool refuse to play on April 15th as a show of respect for the ninety-six football fans who died in a crush at an FA Cup Semi Final at the stadium in Sheffield on that date in 1989.

But Davies seemed to care more about the fact that Liverpool's stance meant Chelsea were having to play their FA Cup tie only three days before their Champions League last-four clash with Barcelona.


He ranted: "Liverpool and the 15th -- that gets on my tits that shit. What are you talking about, 'We won't play on the day'. Why can't they?"


Laughing nervously, one of his co-presenters, Ian Stone, tried to point out why Liverpool FC don't take a business-as-usual approach to the most painful day in the club's history, saying: "Because it's too sad a memory."


But that simple and obvious explanation failed to deter Davies, who was on a roll.

He said: "Do they play on the date of the Heysel Stadium disaster? How many dates do they not play on? Do Man United play on the date of Munich? Do Rangers play on the date when all their fans died in that disaster whatever year that was - 1971?"


Davies - who trades off his cuddly TV image - continued in his attack by savaging the Liverpool legend and manager Kenny Dalglish, who has defended the decision not to play on April 15th.

Davies raved: "Every interview he's given this season he looks like he wants to head-butt the interviewer. This tight-mouthed, furious, frowning, leaning-forward, bitter Glaswegian ranting, 'Liverpool FC do not play on April 15th'."

After beginning a poor impersonation of Dalglish, Davies broke off to say his attempt to mimic the Scotsman's accent was "terrible because I hate him".

Despite his fury on behalf of Chelsea - the last English club remaining in a European competition - Davies went on to admit he would think it was "awful" if they went on to win the Champions League.

Davies then aimed his sights at Tottenham Hotspur -- bitter city rivals of his beloved Arsenal. He claimed Spurs had refused to move a fixture back in 1980, two days before the Gunners were due to play a semi-final against the Italian club Juventus in the Cup Winners' Cup.

In another display of breathtaking insensitivity, Davies fired a scathing salvo at White Hart Lane bosses using a term the Nazis labelled Jews with in their vile propaganda. Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is Jewish and the club has a strong Jewish following among its supporters.

He said: "What vermin run that club. They always have. Absolute vermin. Scum of the Earth."

Davies then began singing: "You burn your own town," a crass reference to the summer riots that devastated parts of Tottenham in north London.

During the podcast, Davies also made fun of the Arsenal striker and Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh who was recently pictured smoking a shisha pipe. He joked Chamakh was "stoned out of his box" and was Arsenal's "club dealer" peddling hashish to the rest of the squad from a "Range Rover with blacked out windows".

He also made potentially libellous remarks about Oliver Holt - The Daily Mirror's Chief Sportswriter. Insisting on referring to him as "Oliver Horseshit", he called the award-winning journalist a "dickhead", suggesting he had an issue with drink. "You can smell the alcohol in his tweets!" he laughed.

One listener to the podcast said: "I couldn't believe my ears. Alan Davies comes across as such a nice bloke on the telly but he sounded like a lout in this broadcast.

"He should apologise immediately to the relatives of the Hillsborough Disaster -- his comments were appalling. I can't believe they let him broadcast this rubbish."

88 comments:

  1. I've always liked Alan Davies, but no more. The guy is clearly an insensitive (insert expletive of choice here) doing anything he can think of to try to stay in the headlines and promote what I can only assume is a rapidly stagnating career

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    1. I''ve always like Alan Davies, but no more' What a stupid comment. Have you heard the podcast? A man chatting rubbish about football who says he can't believe LFC cant play on the 23rd Anniversary of Hillsborough. Are you that bothered by his opinion that you no longer care for him? I'm with him on this one, at the end of the day its the 23rd anniversary, not really a significant year after all a lot more has happened in Football on and off the pitch.

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  2. I agree with Alan Davies. The Liverpool attitude of "woe is me" has always been, and will continue to be, an example of entitlement which underlines their place in the reputation league tables of the country at large. Manchester United, Bradford, Bolton and other teams which have suffered tragedy do not have this attitude. Why should Liverpool?

    It's time for the Reds of Merseyside to grow up.

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    1. Suggest you keep that opinion to yourself, son.

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    2. Idiot. Did you have family members at Hillsborough? There is a human element to this, it's only a game.

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    3. You should keep your idiotic opinion to yourself you clueless, disrespectfull arsehole. You know nothing about what that date means to not just LFC fans but the whole of Merseyside. If you where caught spitting out that bile on the streets of liverpool you would not make it home. You are disgusting.

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    4. well said Kieran. Liam, were you even born in 1989? If not, I suggest you go and start reading up about it, educate yourself a little. You may not come across as such a crass little bell end.

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    5. I was born in 1980. I know all too well the incident - I was watching television at the time. Of course it was a tragedy, of course it was significant, of course it was horrific. But I say again - no other club who have known tragedy demand an attention in the same way as Liverpool does. We all move on. So should they.

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    6. Liam you little Bastard, you are scum just like the fucker who started this

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    7. Liam's right. We all still manage to work on Armistice day which commemorates loss of life on a far greater scale and the entire country seems able to make do with a 2 minute silence. Hillsborough was a terrible event, no question about that, but human tragedy or not you should play.

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    8. haha, Liam must be a 12 year old with typing privileges. Did mummy and daddy block your porn Liam?

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    9. I am 32. Your personal insults are the measure of you.

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    10. Liam is the only one here talking any sense. Obviously what happened is awful but it was years ago, it should not effect when games are played today. Chelsea have to play 2 semis in 3 days, we should be playing on saturday, it's just a joke.

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    11. Yes. Trying to act subtle when at the end of the day you really are not. Think about it.
      And for the other guy, if Chelsea playing just 2 days after an important game is a joke, what about your argument on Liverpool football club who want to pay their respects to their beloved departed 96? Get your perspectives right. A football match is not the most imprtant thing under the sun.

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    12. I completely agree with Liam. He talks sense without resorting to ad hominem attacks.

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    13. Why shouldn't United, Bolton and Bradford not do the same thing if they wanted to? Why, because they don't, shouldn't Liverpool? On the Hillsborough date there will be services for the relatives, friends, fans and the club - a football game is secondary when this is still fresh in the memory. It's unfortunate that you and fans from some other clubs can't see that the reason that you still hear so much about Hillsborough is because there is a feeling of injustice which will hopefully be clarified upon soon but continues to keep the matter in the thoughts of the club and fans. Its not a hard concept to understand, infact its remarkably straightforward. The "woe is me attitude" feeling that you and others have decided to use as a common description matters little to Liverpool but understand that it matters greatly to opposition fans. That it matters greatly to opposition fans itself matters little to Liverpool. I'm sure the day will still be a memorial day for years to come with a continutation of regard placed upon the parties involved that day rather than the likes of you and the lazy football cliches you subscribe to. However, the "Justice for the 96" chants etc will hopefully die down quickly once something concrete has been released and any action taken if neccesary. I don't see why Liverpool fans should not choose to pay respects to the 96 in any way they feel because it irritates you. You'll probably continue to subscribe to the now predictable "victim" description of Liverpool for many years to come as its something thats easy to follow and shout about - that's your problem. Time for you, at the age of 32, to grow up

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    14. And Liam, you talk about 'moving on'? Are you familiar with the on-going fight for justice for the people that lost their lives? With the lies and the cover ups? This isn't something that can just be brushed under the carpet. I think anyone with half a heart can understand the reasons that the club won't play on the 15th.

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    15. If other teams that have suffered tragedy decided not to play on occasions significant to their anguish their wishes would be respected, just as Liverpool's wishes most certainly should be in this situation.

      Also, the way you label Liverpool people as having a 'woe is me' attitude is ignorant and disrespectful, and also points to an agenda beyond the matter being discussed.

      Sure, there are rivalries in football and having a bit of 'banter' (how I loathe that term) is fine and dandy, but when rivalries that occur because of a game lead to you stereotyping a city and its people you need to take a look at yourself.

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    16. You also have to consider that all other tragedies that clubs have suffered in the past have all had an explanation as to why it happened and people have been able to let it rest in peace. Unfortunately the families of hillsborough victims have not been afforded this privilege meaning the wounds today are as deep as they were in 1989. No explanation, no reason, hidden papers and families who do not know the full story of exactly when and why their sons, daughters, dads and mums died that day.

      After being forced to endure this mis carriage of justice for over two decades I think the least people can do is respect our clubs decision to not play a game of football on a day that still haunts so many. So Liam maybe you will look at the bigger picture and put a structured opinion forward that is more in line with your 32 years instead of sounding like an uneducated 12 year old.

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    17. Liverpool has and always will be a self pitying club, if only they showed half the respect to the victims of Heysel.

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    18. You are all missing the point of why we do not want to play on that day. An incorrect policing decision to keep gates closed cost 96 ppl their lives on that day and to date has been covered up. The fact that justice has yet to be served is why that day is not a day Liverpool FC will play football. The FA know this or else why would they allow it to happen 23 years on. Think about it the lot of you before you jump on the 'we hate LFC' bandwagon.

      I know some smart arse will try to shoot me down but if it was a member of your own family who died and was actually blamed for contributing to their own death and that of others just for going to a football match then you would understand.

      Sad how football rivalries appear to supercede basic human emotions of sympathy in this day and age.

      JFT96 YNWA

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    19. Yeah lets all feel sympathy for Liverpool while they mock the Munich air disaster and other tragedies. Scousers are scum of the earth and deserve everything they get.

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    20. "scum of the earth" are we? Talk about stereotyping!
      I take it that Scousers who are doctors and nurses and fight for this country in the army are "scum of the earth" too?
      You should be careful what you say and debate only the issue at hand.

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    21. Yet some of you are acting like Hillsborough was promarily a Liverpool football club thing. Wrong. Before they were fans they were sons, brothers, husbands, fathers. Hillsborough was about human tragedy, the loss of human lives not Liverpool FC or the death of Liverpool fans.

      All this had got out of hand, a couple of people chant Hillsborough chants and its massive news yet the popular press don't seem to have any opinion on the many Munich chant videos on Youtube sung by more than a few. They twist the meaning of the 'always the Victim' chant to sell copies of their rag. Just like they twisted that chant right before the Anfield game in Sep 2012, to stir up the chanting and get their big story

      But don't dare be critical about April 15th

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  3. Why are people surprised? He's a horrible, nasty piece of work and there are PLENTY of people within the TV industry who could tell you many a tale about his unpleasantness.

    One other thing: the F.A. Cup draw took place before Chelsea qualified for the Champions League semi-final, so why the hell should they have been given the Saturday game to help them in a game they were not in at the time of the draw?

    I think it's time for Liam Pennington to stop being a gobshite.

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    1. I have outlined my opinions. You have used personal insults.

      It is clear from the reaction to this post that emotions run high. Of course they would. But nobody who suffers tragedy stays anchored to the past. It would drive them mad. Liverpool FC should not have the right to dictate the calender on the basis of their own grief.

      I do not deny that they suffered an unimaginable tragedy. But they are not alone in so doing. Other clubs and fans have suffered in their own ways and have moved on. Liverpool have not, nor will not. That is a measure of them.

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    2. its a measure of respect you fucking lil Nazi

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    3. Well said again Liam, There is not one person one here other than you or I who has posted anything other than an insult. I think we have the measure of them.

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    4. Ok, so Liverpool should'nt dictate the calendar because the date is a significant one and they want to not play on that date as a mark of respect, in memory of those who died.

      Yet you think teams should be able to dictate the calendar when it means that they can benefit in other competitions?

      Let's get this straight... you are talking about them dictating the calendar for selfish reasons about winning a football match... Liverpool want to 'dictate' the calendar as mark of respect for the dead! HOW TERRIBLE OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB! SHAME ON THEM! .....you fool, Liam.

      Perhaps we shouldn't have a minute's silence every year on armistice day, because it means I have to take a minute of my time out from working, which means that i can't work as effectively as if i didn't have to sit silently, remember our brave soldiers who lost their lives. This is essentially the same logic you are using, you are an utter numpty.

      Football is not more important than remembering those who are no longer with us due to such tragedies, and if Liverpool want to mark their respects in that way, then so be it. I don't see why it should be a problem for any team to want to do that, the 15th of April is still very much a painful day in the hearts of many in Liverpool, so what gives you the right to tell them how they should show their respects to those they lost?

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    5. I'm a Bradford fan, I think the way you've just described the situation is ridiculous. Before I begin, I'm going to say that I do understand that Hillsborough was a completely tragic event, and I am in no way demeaning it, just as I would never do with our fire disaster in 1985.

      5th May is a painful day in the hearts of all Bradfordians, yet we can't just "change the calendar" because we find the date too distressing, we just get on with it. If it was the case that Bradford City had been in the semi final on the 5th May (hypothetical before you sharpen your knives) and we'd asked to move the date to accommodate Chelsea's CL semi final, do you honestly believe the FA would have been anything approaching as understanding? I don't understand how Liverpool can get away with such demands, when presumably it's because the FA see them as more important than clubs like ours.

      I understand that it's a mark of respect, but it's an unfeasible and totally unfair mark of respect to other football clubs. If I die tragically, I would like a giant penis drawn up the side of the Big Ben tower, obviously as a mark of respect. No, it doesn't always work like that.

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    7. I too am a Bradford fan, and the date of the fire was 11th May. I understand the sentiment in what you are saying, but if our club decided we couldn't play on 11th May I would respect that decision. Liverpool are asking to not play on 1 day out of 365, and that date will only fall on a potental matchday every few years. With that in mind, and given the awfulness of what happened that day, I don't think this is an unreasonable request.

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  4. They have a Memorial Service to attend, which in my opinion is more important than any match! Small minded little man!!

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  5. So because Davies called Spurs 'vermin' he's a Nazi or an anti-semite, or at least making reference to the holocaust? What are you talking about?

    Might be worth mentioning that Ian Stone is Jewish. Not that it makes any difference, the comment about Spurs had nothing with Jews.

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  6. I agree with him!

    What would happen if every club refused to play on a day that is sad in their history? We would never have a game being played. Also when are they going to start playing on the anniversary date? 10 years ? 20 ? 100 ? This could go on forever.

    This scheduling problem seems to me like the perfect opportunity to end this stance and progress however I feel that the clubs anger at the police, thatcher and anybody involved that sad day will always get in the way of some sort of progression.

    I say arsenal should refuse to play on the anniversary of the death of danny fiszman as that was a sad day for our club.

    Also let's stop this crap about alan davies being controversial about sp*rs. Of course he hates spurs and says those things, so do I and so does every fan about their rival club.

    I listen to the podcast he makes and it is full of humour and laughs and is nothing like the way you have described it. Your trying to make a story out of nothing

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  7. I think Mr Alan Davies is a total twat and I`m sure he thinks he`s FUNNY.I think if he checks his facts he will see that Manchester Utd football club and Bradford also commemorate their losses on the appropriate days in an appropriate way out of respect to PEOPLE that lost their lives.

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  8. Good job trying to make him out to be some sort of Nazi-sympathiser. You do realise that co-presenter Ian Stone is Jewish? Doubt he's going to be partial to a bit of anti-semitism.

    Admittedly it was stupid to say what he did about Hillsborough, but you did conveniently miss out the part where he said it was the worst thing to ever happen in football or words to that effect.

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  9. Alan Davies..and any other crass and ill educated person who seems to just not "get it" relating to the Hillsborough Disaster should join the group I belong to. It is full of fellow survivors from that day. All we wanted to do that day was watch a football game. 96 people never saw anything again. That sunny day still haunts me 23 years later. It never ever goes away. Perhaps people who make these comments should try and put themselves in the shoes of the family members and people who were actually there that day and experienced the slow agonising torture that it was to be crushed, sadly for so many, to death.

    Liam Pennington really also ought to try and educate himself a little bit more, was he even born in 1989? Anyone else who thinks like Alan Davies and Liam Pennington should count themselves lucky they have never ever had the misfortune to experience something like that. I was 20 and that single event affected my entire adult life...and I know I am not the only one.

    It is fitting that Liverpool have the memorial service on 15th April, and honouring the 96 people will always be more important than any football match.

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    1. funny enough supporters of other clubs were at games that day.... i was at the back of the north bank at highbury and that day will live with me forever... against newcastle and all you heard that day was hushed silence and the sound of one transistor radio blearing, we all knew the magnatude of what was happening

      he does have a point in which if man u can play on the 50th anniversary of the munich plane crash, against their arch rivals, then surely at some point liverpool can play on that day.... just like rangers and celtic still play each over on jan 2nd..... just as bradford play on the day of the fire diaster....

      at some point life has to go on... but because you are playing on that day it doesn't mean the legacy and the rememberance will go away, people will still remember those who died that day

      as others as said... this was the perfect chance to take a step towards some sort of normality.. and to help english football, just as they helped you in those dark days after.... but I feel it is an oppotunity that has been missed.....

      just like other oppotunites have been missed this season...

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    2. Do you not understand that there is still a great feeling of injustice? Is that not an acceptable reason to keep the reminders and rememberance ongoing? Maybe you'll see the "normality" you desire of Liverpool once thats all resolved. Maybe that "some point" will be after then. Maybe not.

      I assume you're referring to the supposedly clear cut Suarez incident in that last sentence. There is much to be said about that, in another time and another place.

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    3. LFC promised the use of Anfield to the families of the 96 on the 15th of April for as long as they wanted to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. So there will never be a match played at Anfield, or by Liverpool football Club, on that date as long as the families, and the wider circle of Liverpool supporters, want to remember their dead.

      I'm sure Liam has the right to his opinion, crass though it is, and the Alan Davies attitude is nothing new. Even on the day of Hillsborough I sat watching events, stunned speechless, in a pub with a friend from Liverpool and a guy at the bar watching people dead and dying on the pitch said "Good enough for the scouse b******s".

      In life you meet people who care and who don't care, people whose opinions matter and who don't matter.

      I don't care about Liam's opinion because it is of no consequence to me, what he has to say doesn't matter. I hope someday when he sadly has to bury a loved one he will reconsider his insensitivity.

      JFT 96.

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  10. Just listening to the podcast now and after he complains about Liverpool refusing to play on April 15 he says "Hillsborough is the most awful thing that happened in my life - in terms of football - one of the worst tragedies to happen in peace time history".

    Funny that bit wasn't mentioned in the piece here.

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  11. Totally agree with him. Liverpool are the ultimate grief tourists. They have a minute's silence at Anfield when it rains.

    Get over it.

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    1. Care to mention what there's been a minute silence for this season that wasn't justified? Because here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

      - Hillsborough
      - Death of Gary Speed
      - Death of Gary Ablett
      - Death of Luca Jones, Brad Jones' son

      If you think any of those aren't justified reasons to pay respects, then you need your head checked.

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  12. just a quick question.... how many of you taking outrage have actually LISTENED to what was said........

    it is convienient to take some faux outrage, like the ross/brand affair...

    this blog has cherry picked what was actually said taking it absolutely out of context....

    with regards to the tottenham and chelsea bits... he actually said, that he hoped that arsenal if asked would call off the chelsea game for there betterment and for that of english football.... just as he has hoped that tottenham would have done for arsenal...

    no mention of ian stone being jewish..

    no mention of davies acknowledging that hillsborough was an awful day for ALL football fans... not just liverpool,

    liverpool could have helped out a lot of people by changing there stance with regards to playing and that was also a point being made.....

    this doesn't help this blogs cause so that lot was left out... it serves it purpose

    but heck... the truth context in which it was said wouldn't have hyped up this blog now... would it

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  13. Ridiculous article. Biased nonsense to stir up anger. I don't understand why you would listen to his podcast if you get this offended. Who are you even offended on behalf of? Liverpool, the people who died in Hilsborough, Tottenham or Marouane flipping Chamakh? Really?

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  14. Very selective quoting here to be fair. He does acknowledge "Hillsborough the most awful thing to happen in my life."

    "In another display of breathtaking insensitivity, Davies fired a scathing salvo at White Hart Lane bosses using a term the Nazis labelled Jews with in their vile propaganda. Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is Jewish and the club has a strong Jewish following among its supporters."

    I mean this is just idiotic nonsense. There was no racial undertones to these remarks whatsoever. Well done on getting your page views though.

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  15. What a ridiculous article, basically criticising all the humour within the podcast, I dont agree with him on the Hillsborough issue but still the rest of the article attacking his jokes made about Chamakh aand referring to the holocaust! really?! Chants like 'you burn your own town' are just harmless football banter! It was like reading something out of the daily mail.

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  16. I agree with Alan Davies too, Liverpudlians do seem to feel a sense of entitlement that no other city expects, I am happy for them not to play if they feel that strongly about it - as long as they forfeit the match - after all it's only a game...

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  17. I think Alan Davies makes some good points, and if any Spurs Vermin are reading MIND THE GAP.

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  18. those saying hes right about Liverpool playing on the 15th, there is match going reds out there that managed to get out of the Leppings Lane that day, surely playing a game on the 15th is just putting these people through all them emotions yet again. Highly insensitive and aimed at getting a response out of people.

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  19. Do you write for Daily Mail? If you're going to churn out such biased and cherry-picked rubbish at least be funny about it...

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  20. Ah yes, Quote half of something, Jazz up the bits that you need and add in that someone he was insulting is of a religion he neither mentions nor makes reference too then try and rile up fans of someone even though he never ONCE mentioned or insulted the victims of that sad day.

    By the Gods, what utter Trash, this is at the level of the Sun or the mirror i tell you.

    1) He mentioned that the decision to play on the day was silly, that the time has passes and it is not in any way shape or form an insult to play on the anniversary, which shock of all fucking horrors, it is not. He never mentions or insults the victim's of that day, or the family's who lost people, he has the opinion that they should not constantly refuse to play on that day. If you think this is spiting in dead peoples faces you should fucking grow up.

    2) JEWISHNESS, NEVER MENTIONED.

    3) You are mad because the fan of a London team took the piss out of London teams. OH, OH WOW?! YOU MEAN! PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT OPPOSING CLUBS SOMETIMES SAY MEAN THING!? List of quotes of people calling Whane Rooney a granny shagger, Did you know about this? How about you people who make Mario Mancini is a fucking lunatic jokes? wow.. my mind is well and truly blown. Fuck sake people hes not making heart attack jokes to Bolton fans or hanging jokes to the Welsh.

    4) He never disrespects the fans, not once, grow the fucking fuck up.

    There said it, that was good.

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  21. Unbelievable bias in this article. I don't agree with what he says regarding Hillsborough but there is no anti-semitism etc. It's an Arsenal podcast, of course he will be anti spurs.

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  22. why not actually listen to this podcast before blathering with self-entitlement like the bitter liverpudlians you are? I'm a Man United fan and I still find this podcast hilarious! It's anti-every other team but Arsenal, obviously!

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  23. I agree with Alan here,how long do we carry on with this? Liverpool fans don't respect any other clubs anniversaries so why should we. I was gutted what happened,but refusing to play on that date,at the expense of an other club is wrong. LFC are only important to Liverpool fans,and no one else.I wish the fa would grow a pair and stop bending over backwards to appease them.

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    1. The Hillsborough tragedy was 23 years ago, but it is widely reported that there was a massive cover up over by the Police so that blame could be attributed to the fans. Once the truth is out and justice for the 96 fans is achieved, then I am sure that the club and the fans will not need to keep it so fresh in the press.

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    2. Chelski only got thru to the semi finals last week. FA Cup got sorted weeks ago. Tickets sold, fans sorting out travel and accomdiation. Any other FA Cup game, any other date, any other team. Would the teams playing on tge Sat be expected to mess their fans around like people expect Liverpool AND Everton to?

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  24. God, this article is shit. It's a humorous podcast, and you've not even mentioned that. He said himself Hillsborough was the worst thing that's happened in his football life, and he wasn't launching some strategic, planned out attack. Just saying his strong opinion and you can disagree if you want but he's got a slight point.
    The rest of the article is just embarrassing. Spurs are scum and they're run by scum, because they're spurs and we're Arsenal. Ian Stone is a Jew himself.
    Goon.

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  25. Oh boo-hoo, Chelsea have to play more than 90 minutes in a week, wah wah wah. Yes, football IS only a game. If the entire league was abolished over the summer, would the world stop spinning for any of us? Unlikely. Get over yourselves.

    Besides, you'd have thought that with the amount of money that Abramovich has pissed into Stamford Bridge over the past few years, they'd have 20+ world class players available, and be able to field two perfectly good squads for each competition.

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  26. Agreed that his comments about Liverpool were perhaps taken too far. However, to then quote the rest of the podcast is totally needless. If you listened week in, week out to the podcast then you would learn not to take every comment to heart. It is a very tongue in cheek podcast which must not be taken too seriously, as has been displayed here with the needless quoting of the rest of the show, taking an ultra politically correct view to every comment made just because of the poor taste of the initial comment.

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  27. This blog and all the comments are part of why everyone hates Liverpool Football Club. Yes, Hillborough was a terrible tragedy, but you aren't alone in suffering a disaster where innocent people died. Davis makes a valid point, and this is shouted down and he is mysteriously called a Nazi in the process.

    Your addiction to grief and determination to make a show of hanging on to the past is embarrassing. Taken together with overt support of a convicted racist and the general flailing about of the clueless Kenny Dalglish, what should be one of the proudest and most respected footballing institutions has been reduced to a laughing stock - and an insult to anyone affected by Hillsborough. I'm ashamed of the lot of you.

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    1. Conviceted racist? You clown I bet you didn't even read the 94 page report did you?

      Try getting all the facts before calling somebody a convicted racist.

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    2. Nice one, ignore the main points (as I am clearly right) and pick up on that - and still manage to be wrong.

      His own teammates didn't support his account, he was given a ban. He is guilty and a total scumbag too. Says a lot about you that you continue to stick up him. You're making a fool of yourself, though you aren't alone.

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    3. Don't change the goalposts to support your argument, you clearly stated "Convicted racist". He was neither convicted nor was he found to be a racist.

      As I pointed out you haven't bothered to read the report instead you choose to believe the garbage the agenda driven press pass off as news.

      Had you read the report you would be better placed to pass comment, you haven't so you're not.

      As for the main point you are entitled to your opinion however misguided it is. Have you read the Taylor report? I’ll bet my house you haven’t, people like you tend to read rags like The S*N and lap it all up as you’re incapable of forming an opinion based on legal papers and sound journalism.

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    4. Crawled back under your rock have you?

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  28. thanks to a friend for doing this for me... for all those people ranting at what alan davies actually said... here is the youtube clip of what was said.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XBPA5drFo

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  29. http://ec.libsyn.com/p/7/d/4/7d4fc839fecd7c85/The_Tuesday_Club_-_If_it_was_a_pie.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01cb843ed8cb5de9f2&c_id=4424595 listen to the podcast, don't judge him on this angry biased shite!

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  30. Liam Pennington your four eyed burke, are you some sort of joke? LFC never dictated they would not play on the 15th, the FA understand the sensitivity of the issue of the issue and moved the date accordingly. I do feel for Chelsea with the dates they are correct they could have played the Friday night, would have made a lot of sense. But dont blame LFC that.

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    1. 'four eyed burke' - this is the type of reaction you get from the kind of people that dont care about anything other than complaining about something. Liam's point was well made and in my opinion correct but rather than having a reasonable response you type 'four eyed burke'

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    2. Oh I say, offensive is it? not as offensive as insulting 96 familes, plus countless other liverpool supporters and decent minded people.

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  31. I'm a Liverpool fan, but I'm not here to rant and rave, or to direct abuse at Alan Davies, as that won't get my point across. Admittedly, I haven't listened to the podcast, however judging by what people have posted in the comments, Davies doesn't disrespect the tragedy at Hillsborough, nor it's victims or survivors. He just states his opinion that Liverpool should play matches if they fall on April 15th. Now, I don't agree that we should play on that date as a mark of respect towards the 96 people who lost their lives on that day, and still haven't received justice. Liverpool REQUEST not to play on that date as a mark of respect, and also as we hold the Hillsborough Memorial Service on that date. Davies was merely stating his opinion, and whilst I don't agree with it, I also don't agree with abusing him (and others who agree with him) as that.doesn't achieve anything, and quite frankly makes us look petty. Maybe once we get justice for the 96, Liverpool will no longer request to not play on that date. I can understand that emotions will be running high over the 'comments' made amongst Liverpool fans, but abusing other people for their comments does not respect the victims of that tragic event.

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    1. Fair play Kayleigh your the 1st Liverpool fan i've seen comment about this without looking straight for the attack. It was a horrible event but in a way would the team the 96 loved playing a match on the anniversary not be the biggest sign of respect for the lives lost?

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  32. do liverpool also not play on the heysel anniversary ?, how about justice for the 38 that died that night !!!!!

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    1. Unless we're playing in an European cup final, no we don't play on that date. We don't refuse to play on 15th April just request it. Maybe ut's time the Chelski players prove they're worth their wages and play 2 games in 3 days. Other teams manage it.

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  33. Ah Liam you wee tinker tut, tut.

    I think we are all missing the point here. Alan Davies took time out of his busy schedule of thumping tramps and sitting beside Stephen Fry to give us his wisdom. Let us at least be grateful for that.

    I've listened to the 'interview' and the H'boro comments were not the worst things said. It was more what he said about the Spurs staff. Antisemetic? Not a bit. Distinctly lacking in class? Absolutely.

    I'll finish this off by saying that young Liam is vermin/scum and a dickhead which I have just found out today aren't insults.

    God bless

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    1. Most football fans hate Liverpool. They are the biggest grief monkeys going yet show no respect to others. Fcuk them

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  34. You are a cunt alan davis. A proper Grade A cunt. Rot in hell you asshole.

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  35. Alan Davies beat up a tramp didn’t he? Nasty piece of work. As for the 15th it’s up to Liverpool, people are more important than football, the club was largely despised in 1989 partly due to being successful and partly due to the events of 1985, though it’s worth noting, the fans of other clubs became saints overnight, blaming “scousers” for us being chucked out of Europe. (Ignoring Everton’s fans were well behaved in a European Final the week before) Liverpool fans, though they could be rowdy, had a decent reputation for upholding the values and traditions of the club. The fact is, football was knackered in the 1980’s, the grounds were at the end of their life spans, Thatcher had a war on the working class, if you were a football fan, you were automatically classed as vermin, unless you were a toff with a box. Hillsborough, could have happened to anyone, it nearly happened in 1981.
    If the FA can accommodate Liverpool’s request then all well and good, if Chelsea were that bothered why don’t they request a 12.30 kick off on the Sunday? Oh I forget, one of the pluses about 1980’s football compared with today’s is that they didn’t dance to the tune of the TV companies. I am not an LFC fan, I support a meagre lower league effort who rarely trouble the FA Cup 3rd round, in many ways the traditions and mentality of fans of LFC have more in common with us than they do with their modern day Premier League rivals, and I for one salute them for it!

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  36. Think Liverpool should play on the 15th just as Utd play on 6th Feb + other teams play on dates when sad events have occurred. They could mark the day by having a minute's silence or some sort of commemoration at half time. Chelsea are the only English team left in the Champs League and they're playing Barcelona. I'm not a Chelsea fan but I think they need all the help they can get.

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  37. Vickyd33Apr 9, 2012 01:03 PM

    Unless we're playing in an European cup final, no we don't play on that date



    this is meant to be a serious blog vicky, turn it in !!

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    1. Well u asked if we play on that date. Ifu don't want people to answer, don't ask.

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    2. Well u asked if we play on that date. Ifu don't want people to answer, don't ask.

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  38. Scousers = Scum of the earth.

    Still no apology for what they did.

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  39. "Davies fired a scathing salvo at White Hart Lane bosses using a term the Nazis labelled Jews with in their vile propaganda"
    what term?

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  40. Vickyd33Apr 12, 2012 02:35 AM

    Well u asked if we play on that date. Ifu don't want people to answer, don't ask.

    you insinuated lfc make finals, DREAMER

    now apologise for murdering the heysel 39

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  41. What a dishonest and unhelpful article!

    You tried your best to sully the name of Alan Davies. For what? Having the temirity of expressing an opinion different of yours? Debate? no, no! let's instead remind everyone he bit the ear of someone some time ago and tell tale all the naughty things he has said on his podcast.

    I am a regular listener of the Tuesday Club podcast which is aimed at a gooner audience. It is full of fan banter between the trio of presenters. It is certainly not aimed at being politically correct. But neither was the opinion of Alan Davies vitriolic in anyway. But you did cut out the bit where he explained he did feel for the victims of Hillsborough tragedy. You were selective to pump up your own argument and drive the comedian to look like a vilain!

    To your credit you later apologise. But this piece of blogging in two words: Dishonest and unhelpful.

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