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02nd Apr 2017

Liverpool fans aimed a disgusting chant at Everton’s Seamus Coleman

No place for this

Darragh Murphy

This would make you sick to your stomach.

We’re all for some friendly ribbing between groups of supporters but there is absolutely no need for the chant that Liverpool fans aimed at Everton’s Seamus Coleman on Saturday.

As you probably know, Coleman suffered an horrific broken leg while on international duty which brought an end to his season.

The right back was sent messages of support by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and club captain Jordan Henderson ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby, which was a classy touch prior to a tempestuous contest on the pitch.

“I would like to pass on my regards and best wishes to Seamus Coleman, who due to very unfortunate circumstances is not available to play today,” Klopp wrote in his pre-match programme notes.

“I do not know him personally, but as a football supporter I love his character, his positive approach to the game and his commitment to his club. 

“There is a lot to admire about this player and it is his personal qualities that will help him as he recovers from this setback and returns to the game.”

That was the proper way for a representative of the Reds to reference Coleman’s lack of involvement on Saturday.

But a certain, admittedly small, group of Liverpool “supporters” ought to be ashamed of themselves for the way they spoke about a professional who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines and an arduous rehabilitation process.

“How’s your leg. How’s your leg, Seamus Coleman?” mocked the fans at a pub close to Anfield. “I hope you never play again.”

Les Lawson, the chairman of the Merseyside branch of the Official Liverpool Supporters Club, has since come out and condemned the behaviour of the group in question.

“Straight away after the injury everyone was hoping he makes a speedy recovery. It was a horrific tackle,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“It can easily be one of your own players and you should never mock a player who gets hurt like that.

“The majority of Liverpool fans wish him well and hope he is back to playing again soon.

“I remember, despite what was claimed, that when Alan Smith broke his leg and was stretchered off at Anfield the whole ground stood and applauded him.”