World Soccer Daily Off the Air

August 27, 2009 at 1:32 am | Posted in General Football | 1 Comment

In one of my earlier posts about soccer podcasts I like, I wrote about Stephen Cohen’s daily satellite radio show called World Soccer Daily.   While not one of my favorite shows, I am sad to see it go.

The story goes that Cohen’s comments placing blame on Liverpool supporters for the Hillsborough disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans 20 years ago so outraged Liverpool fans that he recieved death threats and had to quit.  Another story suggests Liverpool supporters mounted a campaign against sponsors of the show so successfully that they decided to pull it from the air.

The notion that the Hillsborough disaster was caused by Liverpool fans has long since been discredited.   There is no merit to this view at all.  People who were going to see their beloved team were crushed to death because of a number of circumstances, mostly because of poor crowd control.  It was an enormous tragedy which effected thousands and thousands of people, and Cohen should have been sensitive to that.

Cohen was acting in classic American “Shock-Jock” fashion in making these remarks.  On American radio such extreme claims and comments are common and to a large degree tolerated because of liberal views with respect to freedom of speech.   Furthermore, if you don’t create waves with controversial comments, people tend to get bored of your show and turn it off.

His comments about the Hillsborough Disaster aside, I liked the show and I think it is a shame that he had to go off the air.  There is no doubt that Cohen, and his sidekick Hassan, are very knowledgeable footy commentators and had a refreshing candour and sense of humour about world football matters.  I hope they resurface in the future, hopefully somewhat wiser, to provide their valuable commentary.


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  1. Hey, great post, very well written. You should blog more about this. I’ll definitely be subscribing.

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