Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Comedian and celebrity Arsenal fan Alan Davies has brought a furious backlash from angry Liverpool fans after a rant about the Merseyside giants refusing to play on April 15 – the anniversary of the Hillsbrough disaster.
Speaking on the Arsenal podcast “The Tuesday Club,” Davies did not hide his ire for Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool, expressing it whilst discussing the timing of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Davies: “Liverpool and the 15th – that gets on my tits that s***. What are you talking about ‘We won’t play on the day’? Why can’t they? … 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?”
After receiving a host of Tweets from Liverpool fans in protest, the comedian replied “I agree that there must be a full enquiry into Hillsborough but not playing on the 15th doesn’t change anything. It’s not fair on Chelsea.”
Interestingly, during the same podcast, Davies also turned his attentions to Arsenal’s bitter rivals Spurs, saying: “What vermin run that club. They always have. Absolute vermin. Scum of the earth.”
This has been all but ignored in the ensuing debate over Hillsbrough.