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Questions for Steven Cohen

As part of our continuing commitment to bring you the best interviews on the internet related to American footy, MLS Talk will be interviewing Steven Cohen of World Soccer Daily and Fox Football Fone In next week for release the following week. It goes without saying that the opinions of your host and that of Steven have conflicted many times in the past so expect a lively discussion. Any questions for the host of the number one pro sports podcast on Itunes, please leave them here.

World Soccer Daily, I am told will have Freddie Ljunberg and Jimmy Conrad (who should be in the US National Team) on next week, as well as the regular segment with Sean Wheelock of the BBC and KC Wizards Broadcast team. I want to once again thank Steven for agreeing to come on the show and again any listener questions about FOOTBALL related topics please leave them in the comments section.

Additionally, I will be on Mad About Futbol tonight to discuss the US quest for World Cup 2018 and 2022 as well as a discussion of this weekend’s superclassico between Chivas and America. The show will be taped tonight and air over the weekend.

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  1. Melvin H.

    August 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    First off, I have none of the dogs in this fight–did not lose anyone at Hillsborough; not an Everton fan or a Liverpool fan; yes I did read about Hillsborough in the intervening years here in America–including the Taylor Report–thanks to the Internet; and not a Cohen fan–that Cohen’s remarks of 1989 started.


    1. Comparing Hillsborough to the Holocaust (“Holocaust Denier”, “Were the Jews responsible for the Holocaust?”, etc.) is absurd, stupid, and not even deserving of a reply. Shame on all who made this comparison–maybe you should be apologizing to the survivors of the Holocaust.

    2. I know the libel laws are different in the UK compared to the USA, but here we do have something called the First Amendment which has a tendency to limit what can be called slander and/or libelous; also, unless I guess wrong, the only party that even COULD file such a suit might be Liverpool Football Club (as I understand it, no specific supporters were named in Cohen’s remarks, only “Liverpool supporters”).

    3. If you want to be hacked at someone, blame UEFA–one of whose spokespersons said that Liverpool fans were to blame (I’m paraphrasing here) in more than their fair share of the crowd problems over the years at European (not just English) stadiums. This was after the Champions’ League Final in Athens in 2007.

    4. Madeleine is, I assume, Cohen’s daughter? If so, re-read point #1 above.
    DISGRACEFUL!! Same for those who are e-mailing/calling/twittering/etc. death threats–you do your cause little or no good; in fact, to THIS neutral, you are no better than you believe Cohen or former editor of The Sun paper is. Keep his family out of this.

    5. “Bigoted opinions”, Revo? PLEASE. “Wrong” or “off-base”, I’ll buy, but not “bigoted”.
    Also, show me a link where this “1000 pounds” was “promised to the HJC”–print, podcast, radio, TV interview, please.
    Kev Bradley–Your “FACT” listed as the fourth one in your post? NOT–it is your OPINION. Remember that, please.

    Last: Yes, I am an American, and I may not “understand” the hurt that Liverpool supporters feel about Hillsborough. I was and still am horrified watching the videos (including that done on the 20th commeration–not “anniversary”, which is supposed to be a happy time). I have seen the YouTube replay of the debate on British television with the Sun editor years later, and he does baffle and disgust me. (Does anyone know if he still holds to what he put out in 1989, today?) And so on….
    It is still baffling that as I understand, all inquests have been cut off at 3:14 or 3:15 regarding who died when and how in 1989; I’d still like to know what happened, even if it takes a South Africa-style Truth and Reconciliation commission to do it. All legal avenues seem to be exhausted now; and that–along with the Sun editor’s apparent intransigence–is the most frustrating part of this. I fear that the families of the 96 may never know everything…..

  2. Kev Bradley

    May 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    FACT Liverpool fans did more at Hillsborough trying to save lives than the Police.
    FACT The police tried to cover up the disaster by blaming Liverpool fans.
    FACT Liverpool fans complained 1988 about overcrowding in the same end of the stadium they had in 1989.
    FACT You are the scum of the earth an need to research the truth behind the Hillsborough Disaster.
    FACT You need to personally apologize to the victims families for the hurt an distress you have caused in your inaccurate comments.
    FACT This issue will not go away until you issue a statement apologizing for your comments and apologize for upset caused by them and make a donation to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
    FACT 96 fans went to watch a football match and never came home. They have had there names dragged through the mud by The Sun newspaper in England and by yourself and why they can’t fight we’ll do it for them.

  3. Chris B

    May 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I am actually pissed that Kartik backed off him too much. You did not ask him about Euro-snobs or the fact-less opinions about MLS on his show. I like WSD but the lack of respect for MLS from so called “US” soccer fans who know nothing about the league but know a lot about their “snicker-snicker” ManU is hard to take.

  4. Travis

    May 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hey people Cohen apologized even though some of us wish he hadn’t backed off his right to free speech after many of his comments were taken out of context. Several of his comments were either about Heysel or the recent disaster in the Ivory Coast which obviously most of you do not care about.

  5. aaron stjohn crowley

    May 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Dear Mr Cohen

    Please apologies for the remarks you have made. They have been very hurtful the pain you have caused is clear to see from the above comments above.


  6. Will

    May 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

    First of all as a Liverpool fan I would like to say that I am sorry to hear you have been subject to a number of threats from so called Liverpool fans. These people do not speak for everyone involved with the club and no person should have to put up with this regardless what his views are.

    Secondly after reading your comments about the disaster it is quite clear you have either been ill advised or you make statements that have no substance. As a fact the Taylor report cleared the Liverpool fans from any blame and laid the blame on the sheffield police. If you need reminding (which i’m sure you don’t) this year marked the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and after 20 years the family’s of the 96 who died still seek justice for what happened on that day.

    All I ask is if you are bold enough to make statements on an American radio station ( and to be honest the American people know little or nothing about the disaster) then why don’t you present “your facts” to why we the Liverpool fans should take the blame for what happened.

    We only ask you to reflect on your comments and maybe you will realise that your comments were not just untruthfull but very hurtful to the family’s and disrecpectful to the people who died.


  7. emma

    May 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

    I would like to ask Steve Cohen. If when he talking about Hillsborough could he please either refer to the facts or allow someone in the studio so that the American audience can have at least some truth about the disaster. I too won’t ask you for an apology.
    Also I wonder wether you will discuss on your show the fact that your beloved Chelsea fans have been making death threats to the referee who refereed the CL semi-finals, because they lost. Or the fact John Terry the Chelsea Captain was in trouble in because he openly mocked the twin towers disaster to American tourists. Just thought that your so intent on spreading lies about our club you might need a reminder about your club so I thought I’ld just give you these two as I’ld be here forever if I was going to drag everything up about the club that is owned by a russian criminal.

  8. Warren Lane

    May 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Mr Cohen,your arrogance, and blatant lying,knows no bounds.well it puts you on a par with a former newspaper editor, if the truth be told.
    Ands thats a very, very sad reflection on your character, to be mentioned in the same breath as him.Why do you tell such lies,and attempt to stain the memory of those men, women and children, who lost their lives at Hillsborough? but your hatred has twisted the facts,to suit you. Shame on you.
    it would be too much for me, to ask a spineless, and cold hearted individual,like yourself,to make an apology… so i wont. Warren.

  9. Kevin

    May 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Can you ask SC if he believes that little Madeleine should accept responsibilty for her abduction?
    If this seems distasteful to you, now you realise how hurt and offended relatives of the 96 innocent victims of Hillsborough and all Liverpool Fans around the world are by SC’s ill informed vomit.
    If you are unaffected, then shame on you!
    On these matters – as always my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 96 and the McCanns.

    Consider this the only involvement i will have with anything to do with SC.

  10. Err

    May 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Get the stick out of your asses. Its an opinion talk radio show. He’s free to speak his mind, you are free to call in and argue why he’s wrong. Death threats from some of you? You’re pathetic…

    If you cant take the heat, get your ass out the kitchen.

  11. revo

    May 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Mr. Stephen Cohen’s lies regarding the role of Liverpool Football Club fans in the Hillsborough disaster are not a recent trend. In fact, Mr. Cohen has issued these lies on a website called www.*******.com in the past. He consciously sought out a Liverpool fan-site to provoke argument and anger and inflict real emotional hurt by issuing his lies and false assertions to an online community of Liverpool fans. Subsequent to the response received Mr. Cohen agreed to issue an apology in the form of a donation of one thousand pounds sterling, via the site’s owner, to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. To this day, the HJC has not received payment from Mr. Cohen, further demonstrating his complete and utter contempt for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and all those who have fought the 20-year campaign to receive justice.
    Mr. Cohen continues his manifesto of hatred and contempt, blatantly flying in the face of a preponderance of evidence contradicting his lies, and maliciously disregarding the legal opinions and outcomes of the Lord Justice Taylor report, which exonerated, and praised, the actions of the Liverpool fans on that terrible day.
    There is no track record to demonstrate that Mr. Cohen will ever follow through on his promised apology of one thousand pounds, that he will ever change his bigoted opinions, or that he will ever stop lying to whatever audience he can muster to further his disgraceful campaign of false allegation, distortion of the truth, and outright hatred for all things Liverpool.
    His lies not only perpetuate falsehoods and continue to slander victims of a disaster that can no longer respond in person, but they trample upon the memory of 96 innocent victims of that terrible day, renew old wounds for the families and friends of the victims, denigrate the club and all its fans, and misinform a whole new American fan-base of the beautiful game.
    It is my hope that you withdraw your sponsorship of any show that Mr. Cohen is involved in until such time he is forced to resign his role and apologize wholeheartedly for his disgraceful lies and deceit. In addition, perhaps you could divert your sponsorship away from the World Soccer Daily show in the direction of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign until the promised one thousand pounds sterling from Mr. Cohen is made up.

    The campaign for justice continues. We would appreciate your support.



  12. Scouser Tommy

    May 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    This petition concerns the recent comments by Steven Cohen, of World Soccer Daily & Fox Soccer Channel, regarding his bigoted opinions on the Hillsborough tragedy.

    Most notably his assertion that Liverpool fans were entirely to blame for their own deaths and his hatred for LFC gives him license to say whatever he likes. He has made jokes comparing the recent 20th anniversary events to a cow “what’s the difference between a cow and a tragedy?…..liverpool can milk a tragedy for longer?” (I only repeat these disgusting comments to motivate your petition response)

    Mr Cohen is seemingly aware of the bigotry of his comments as he admitted that “If I were to say these things in the UK…I’d be lynched”

    This petition seeks to place pressure on the companies that fund and support Steven Cohen’s bigotry, through sponsorship of his radio and TV programs, by boycotting their products and services. We’ll be continuing this campaign until the families of the 96 receive a full and unmitigated apology.

  13. Jim Johnson

    April 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Fair play LFC fans, stand strong. Cohen must go.
    Arsenal fan, Jim

  14. John

    April 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Well done Nathan!!!

  15. Nathan from Wales

    April 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Nathan

    Thank you for your email and for bringing Steven Cohen’s comments on World Soccer Daily to our attention. Needless to say we were shocked and upset at what he said. We cannot condone such flagrant disregard of the facts of one of the UK’s biggest football tragedies and, as a result, we have now severed our relationship with the radio station.

    Unfortunately our latest issue was printed last week, too late to remove advertising for the show from the magazine, but I assure you that it will not feature in future.

    FourFourTwo has always been a magazine for football fans written by football fans and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our reporting. As such, I would draw your attention to a blog posted on last week to mark the 20th anniversary of Hillsborough. Hopefully this will illustrate our own views on the subject.…n-s-story.aspx

    Yours sincerely,


    Keep sending those emails folks!!

  16. John

    April 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Nathan! Yes time Cohen understood Liverpool FC is not just a club, it is a community, it is a family and we will stand up to slander and injustice!!!! JUSTICE FOR THE 96!!!!!!

  17. Nathan from Wales

    April 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Well done to all Liverpool/football fans who’ve written in to complain about this Cohen imbecile.
    Latest news is that Four Four Two magazine have withdrawn their sponsorship!
    It’s working so keep up the pressure and all the good work.
    Show Cohen and anyone out there like him this kind of ignorance has no room in the civilised world.
    Buy Buy Cohen, Bye Bye!! xx

  18. kayleigh

    April 24, 2009 at 11:11 am

    (Followed on from previous)The families and supporters are still fighting for justice, althought numerous reports have been publlished Cohen still thinks he has the right to blame innocent people when he doesn’t actully know the facts. What a horrible sad sad man. Justice for our 96, you’ll never walk alone x3

  19. Kayleigh

    April 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I would like to just say first off what a totall complete idiot this ‘man’ is.
    I appologise to all from the US who simply do not understand the emotional important that hillsbourgh has. Steve cohen should be utterly ashamed of himsefl for his unforgivable comments. As a liverpool supporter + liverpudlian myself I feel I know very well the events of that awfull day, infact my dad + uncle where there that day + although a sensitive issue have talked to me about it. The events of hillsbourgh where nothing at all to do with liverpool supporters, steve cohen is an ill informed, arrogent horrible excuse for a man who should never be allowed on air again. Does he not understand how much truma + utter devistation this disaster brought not only to iverpool FC supporters but the city as a whole? The emotions from hillsbourgh are still very raw and our young + old brothers + sisters who dwhere taken away that day are missed now as much as ever. The families and supporters are still fighting for justice, althought numerous reports have been pui

  20. Kate

    April 24, 2009 at 3:47 am

    for you guys giles for one talking about us signing about munich most liverpool fans would like that and hillsbrough took out of it but when you are a coach going to the game at old trafford and are greated by a massive banner over a brige saying not enough were killed at hillsbrough you have no right to any high ground

    and when your player won the champions league in may last year and then sang and song saying you won it without killing anyone and your whole crowd can only sing about hillsborough you have no high ground so stay out of this

    as for steven I would like to ask him as this is his second time lying over hillsborough the first time you were forced to say sorry but now why have you not done the honorable thing and resigned

  21. Adam

    April 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’d like to ask Mr Cohen what jobs he’s going to apply for next week. Thanks

  22. Mark from Los Angeles

    April 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The Sun – owned by Rupert Murdoch.
    Fox – owned by Rupert Murdoch.
    Why wouldn’t Steven Cohen keep spouting the same old lies?

  23. Nathan from Wales

    April 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Answer to Giles (few posts above)
    You can’t tarnish the reputation of a club because of morons who sing vile chants at other clubs.
    99.9% are decent football fans who’d never drean of doing such a thing.
    The one’s who do should be banned in the same way for anyone making racist remarks.
    This subject however, doesn’t give Cohen the right to use this as an excuse to try and drag my club down to his level, and publicly offend 96 families personally, not to mention every other Liverpool and also Everton fans.
    Don’t forget Everton families lost people on that day as well.
    It’s not just a club Cohen has publicly and shamelessly offended, it’s the WHOLE of Merseyside.
    If Cohen still has a job at the end of this storm, it can only reflect on the morals of his employers and sponsors and on the show itself.
    Is it really worth the trouble for one cheap act who’s crossed the line, TWICE?

  24. Nathan from Wales

    April 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Just a simple fact for Cohen.
    There was an overcrowding problem at Hillsborough the year before the disaster, requests for a change of venue were regected, it was a tragedy waiting to happen. Read the Taylor report Cohen and get your facts straight.
    I’m pretty sure you do know the real facts but choose to ignore them in order to satisfy your sadistic desire to bring attention to yourself to somehow further your career, which by now we all hope is on extremely thin ice. And also in your quest to tarnish the name of Liverpool FC. And why, because you were bullied at Anfield? Because you support Chelsea?
    Whatever you reasons, how as a human being could you be so hurtfull towards the families of 96 lost souls?

  25. Joe

    April 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Some extra questions you could ask Mr Cohen.

    He mentioned, incorrectly, that the Hillsborough stadium had not been the scene of such an incident before or since.

    Question 1)
    There were no equivalent incidents before or after the fire at Valley Parade Stadium, Bradford in 1985. Ergo by Mr Cohen’s logic, this was the Bradford fans’ fault. Is this correct?

    Question 2)
    If the stadium was not the issue, and it was in fact the Liverpool fans, should it not follow that there should have been more serious incidents at Anfield during the 117 years that Liverpool have played there? After all, Liverpool fans were at every single one of those countess thousands of games.

    Question 3)
    From what sources does Mr Cohen derive evidence to back up his claims?

    Before any US soccer fans complain about this thread being overrun by Liverpool fans, I live in the US, in Los Angeles to be precise, and am a subscriber to the Fox Soccer Channel. Believe me, if you are a soccer fan in the US and watch the Fox Soccer Channel, you are being seriously short changed. The current promo for the phone in show that is airing regularly, where Mr Cohen pretends to say something about how bad referees are, is monumentally stupid and incredibly embarrassing.

    This is nothing against Chelsea, who happen to have plenty of fans who could do Mr Cohen’s job much better than he, more a lament on the appalling standards of broadcasting that are foisted on the US soccer watching public. They are taking you for a ride because they think you don’t know any better. Don’t stand for it, and don’t let them treat you with such naked contempt.

  26. Paul Blackley

    April 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Please could you ask Steven if he would like to view the CCTV and TV footage of the Hillsborough disaster? All of the events, including before the match outside the gates, are on CCTV and this can be arranged. There is no need for all of this debate when the footage is there for all to see.

    The footage shows the number of people in each pen and will help Steven to understand what happened.


  27. Iain M

    April 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I would like to ask Steve were he even gets his facts from that all Liverpool fans sing about the Munich disaster? I for one have a season ticket at Anfield and I have done for many years now, not only would I never sing about it, but no one around me does either, so stop spilling bad blood. You have no conviction to insult the 96 by blaming fans of yesterday and today for things the majority of us don’t do! You seem to have no knowledge of anything to do with Hillsborough at all! And If you care so much about chants why not have a go at those who sing about Hillsborough and also the song ‘burn all the scousers’, do you find that appropriate?! You could not care less, you pick things just to bad mouth Liverpool to fit in with your agenda! Grow up and wise up Steven! You are a disgrace

  28. John Cornell

    April 23, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I would like to ask Steve for how much longer he expects to get away with being paid wages to be on t.v……despite being an ignorant lying coward of the highest order who knows absolutely nothing about the Hillsborough disaster.

    To all the others here who are asking to stop the Hillsborough complaints. Sure, when this despicable excuse for a human being is sacked and somebody more worthy gets his job.

  29. Giles

    April 23, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I think you guys are failing to see the point he’s trying to make. On one side Steven feels the tragedy was a terrible thing and shouldnt of happened but then liverpool supporters stand on the concourse at old Trafford and sing “who’s that lying on the runway” I think what hes trying to say if you want respect the lives for the 96 your gunna have to respect the lives lost at other clubs. With that said it doesnt justify the use of unsubstantiated facts and untruths.


  30. Darren

    April 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I would like to ask Mr Cohen if he has any intelligence at all in thinking it is appropriate to get his facts wrong and bad mouth Hillsborough around the 20th anniversary when 96 men, women and children were crushed to death? If any of the families and the victims have heard his lies, the type of lies they have been fighting against for over 20 years for justice, how does he think they would feel? Mr Cohen needs to take responsibility for his actions/words. Get your facts right or shut up Steven! Darren.

  31. Walks

    April 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I’d like to ask Mr Cohen if he is aware of the pain and anguish felt by the families of the 96 men, women and children who died at Hillsborough when lies and misinformation about the causes of the disaster are so callously spread.

  32. Peter Burke

    April 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Steven brought this upon himself Chris B, due to the lies he has spread, do you think we will sit back and take that? Would you?

    Steven can you please tell us what has happened to you in your past to make you hate Liverpool so much and why exactly you feel you have to disrespect everyone from Liverpool because of this?

  33. Michael

    April 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Stephen’s view is centered around the logic that if you don’t have so many ticketless fans that this tragedy doesn’t happen. I could follow that logic if the fans had been dispersed throughout the entire Liverpool supporters end, but the fact was, the police and stewards did not section the crowd what so ever.
    If Stephen thinks that the number of ticketless fans is irrelevant and that 25 ticketless fans could be the cause of this, then we would have death at every football match, concert and the like. Let’s be “logical” about this, he has no factual knowledge of how many fans, did not have tickets. Let’s remember that Liverpool played in the semi-final the year before at the same ground, did they not have ticketless fans on that occasion? His views are why so many people will never let this go, regardless of independent studies as to the causes of this tragedy, there is a minority who want to ignore these findings and want to make assumptions based on Heysel. That was an entirely different set of circumstances and is an entirely different discussion.

  34. Mike

    April 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    All it takes is an apology Steven, thats all it takes.
    Oh and maybe your source for the 6,000-8,000 ticketless fans claim.

  35. Cody P

    April 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Can you please ask Steve, what has Hillsborough got to do with the MLS? can he stick to talking about American soccer and leave the EPL to England. But love the show dude

  36. John

    April 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Oh yes sorry copied off the guy infront, I meant Cohan

  37. Phil Dale

    April 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Mr Steve Cohan (why is everyone calling him Cogan?) I love the show, but you are starting to bring shame upon it. I would like it if you didn’t mention this Hillsborough or Liverpool thing because it’s getting a bit pathetic.

    Thanks, Phil

  38. Eddie from Wales

    April 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Mr Cogan, ‘we shall not, we shall not be moved’!!!!! Untill you are moved!

  39. John

    April 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Mr Cogan can you please explain were you got your ‘facts’ of Hillsborough from?

    Chris B you are an idiot. ‘I am starting to hate Liverpool fans’ , then you are no better than that disrespecrful baffoon Cogan. Why don’t you grow a pair and ‘for the love that is all holy’ understand that Cogan has gone to far and upset too many people this time and we will use any means to express OUR opinions too.

  40. David

    April 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I would like to ask Mr Cogan, on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, why he thought it appropriate to divulge lies and propaganda about the 96 people who lost their lives and the thousands who were left injured and traumatised? As a man with a platform to endorse the EPL in America why he thinks it is appropriate to preach slander upon a football team, its fans and a city as a whole. If he had any other job he would be sacked for his comments. Mr Cogan should read up on the facts (e.g. by reading the Taylor report or by reading Phil Scraton’s ‘Hillsborough the truth’) before airing such unjustifiable lies which are heard all over the world. Mr Cogan’s comments have been very offensive, not for the first time, and it is about time he should apologise and mean it, otherwise he should keep his vindictive opinions to himself. Thank you.

    And to anyone else, a lot of people have emailed Mr Cogan about his comments and he has ignored them. If a disaster happened which you or any of your family members were involved in and then a man like Cogan used his position to bad mouth them, am sure you would be doing the same right now.

  41. Daniel

    April 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Can you ask Steve why he continues to tell lies about the Hillsborough disaster.His behaviour is an absolute disgrace.

  42. Jerry

    April 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    “We get that Steven Cohen was wrong for saying what he said about Hillbrough.”

    Yes Cavan, but HE doesn’t.

    I’m sorry if some of you feel we’re gate-crashing your party, but quite frankly I’m a bit perplexed as to why you value this buffoons opinion anyway. He’s just a run-of-the-mill soccer fan with a big gob on him. Could someone please tell me why you think this asshole has an expert informed opinion on anything to do with soccer?

  43. Matt

    April 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Steve, does your over inflated ego stop you entering small buildings?

  44. Cavan

    April 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

    We get that Steven Cohen was wrong for saying what he said about Hillbrough.

    Now please let us talk about MLS. It’s our league and we care about it. You have plenty of other places to talk EPL history and bad blood.

    I would like to ask Mr. Cohen if there are any marketing lessons that we can learn from the EPL. Obviously, their league has about a 100 year head start on ours, but they do an excellent job of promoting it, even when games between the big 4 and everyone else are predictable. Are there any techniques that they use to hype their product that would make sense for a young niche league?

  45. Chris B

    April 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I’d like to ask Steven Cohen why, with all the wit and sophistication of a Holocaust denier, he is allowed to broadcast to the public?

    Because it is his effing show…seriously, I am starting to hate Liverpool fans and actually starting to AGREE with steve that you are the biggest idiots in sports.

    For the love that is all holy..grow a pair and call WSD instead of crashing MLS fans one chance to have a moment to express their opinions.

  46. Tony

    April 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I’d like to ask Steven Cohen why, with all the wit and sophistication of a Holocaust denier, he is allowed to broadcast to the public?

    He has routinely ignored evidence which shows his cretinous opinion of the Hillsborough to be nothing more than sensationalistic hyperbole. He continues to desecrate the memory of the 96 men, women and children that lost their lives at Hillsborough solely, one can only assume, to raise his profile and gain him publicity.

    He is a disgrace and should not be allowed to broadcast such libellous trash.

  47. Stewart Whittaker

    April 22, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Just a quick note to our American friends re the comments left by myself and many other liverpool fans, This man has been telling lies about English football for many years, he has already apologised for fabricating the truth about Hillsborough once before but continues to spread lies, Do you really want to be educated by the un-educated?
    To get a true measure of the feeling about what this man is doing to football or Soccer in the US may i suggest you visit

  48. Stewart Whittaker

    April 22, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Would it be possiblle for you to disclose your sources of the FACTS you continually spout about Hillsborough?
    Is it also possible to disclose the reason behind your hatred of all things Liverpool Football Club?
    Is it not a little bit hypocritical to start calling Liverpools Hooligan element of the 70’s and 80’s, blaming them for Hillsborough and Hysel when your very own Cheslea Football Club had one of the worst firms in exsistance, the headhunters?
    And finally will you be gracing all the Fans, families and survivors of that terrible tregedy witha full a frank apology regarding your slandourous remarks?


  49. Derek

    April 22, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I agree with Chris B, the Liverpool talk would take over the whole show. Please call or email Steve at WSD. Let’s talk about MLS and US soccer. WSD was the first podcast I listened to about soccer. I knew nothing of Liverpool and clearly saw his hatred for the Reds. I’m glad I stopped listening to him and got a more balanced view of Soccer. Steven’s overall view of soccer, I feel, are not good for the growth of the game in this country where soccer is not the #1, #2, or #3 pro-sport in the US. We have just past the crawling stage and we are starting to walk or we will get there, with no help from ones like Steven.

  50. Colin

    April 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    this man should not be on the air to discuss MLS after his recent comments, so im my opinion he should first tell us why he is qualified to report on the MLS if so obviously cannot see the line between fact and fantasy.

  51. Chris B

    April 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

    OK..I get it your pissed about the Liverpool comments….. enough! How about questions for Cohen that have to do with MLS or US soccer? If your that pissed call WSD not MLSTalk.
    I tend to believe that for once this is a forum for MLS fans that he tends to piss off to get their chance to bitch, not you, who have five days a week to express your opinion.
    Geez..even on its own site MLS plays second fiddle to the EPL.

  52. John H

    April 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    kartik…………if you turn MLS Talk into Hillsborough/Liverpool talk I will cancel my Itunes subscription.

    Isn’t EPL Talk for those issues, and MLS Talk for AMERICAN related issues.

    Please stay focused on MLS, USL, USMNT, Yanks Abroad, etc. But please spare us the WPS, which I know Cohen won’t want to discuss anyhow.

  53. 4pool

    April 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I’d like for you to have Steven respond to this email on air;

    My email to Steve Cohen following a request to respond.

    Dear Steven Cohen,

    I have read some of your recent unsubstantiated allegations regarding 6 to 8,000 ticketless fans at Hillsborough and your comments conflating Heysel and Hillsborough. I have researched the Hillsborough disaster since late 1989, written two reports on the disaster and its aftermath, numerous articles and the book Hillsborough: The Truth. I attended the Taylor Inquiry, the Coroner’s Inquests and the trial of the two senior officers. I also gave written evidence to the Stuart-Smith Scrutiny in 1998.I have read hundreds of statements including every single statement made by all police officers on duty on the day. I also interviewed many of those in authority at Hillsborough on the day including the senior South Yorkshire Police investigating officer. It was my work that uncovered the fact that all police statements had been ‘reviewed and altered’ by a team of six senior officers in collaboration with the South Yorkshire Police solicitors. The terms ‘review’ and ‘alteration’ are theirs not mine. The ‘cover-up’ and the deliberate transference of blame to the fans was orchestrated at a senior level in the SYP and involved briefings given to the media and to the Prime Minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher. The alteration of statements was known to the investigating police (West Midlands), Lord Justice Taylor, the Coroner and the Home Office.

    Undoubtedly there were ticketless fans on the day, as there are at all matches, but there is nothing at all in any witness statements to suggest that their numbers were unusual. The build-up at the turnstiles was caused by the following: the ‘corralling’ (their word, not mine) of fans by the police and escorting them from coachparks and the railway station in the hour before kick-off; the failure to ‘filter’ the crowd into the known bottleneck at the turnstiles (I uncovered an internal SYP memo from a senior officer in the SYP written in 1986 warning of this very danger); malfunctioning turnstiles. As had happened previously at several other capacity matches, processing over 25,000 fans (North Stand; West Stand and Leppings Lane Terrace) through 27 old turnstiles in an area no bigger than a school playground was a serious danger. After a close call on the Leppings Lane Terrace at a semi-final in 1981 Hillsborough had been stood down as a venue.

    What happened next on 15 April 1989 is well-known. The Match Commander opened the exit gate to relieve congestion outside and fans walked (I have all this on the CCTV tapes) down a 1 in 6 gradient tunnel into the back of two already overcrowded central pens. There was no opportunity to move sideways or onto the perimeter track. The ground had no up-to-date safety certificate and the police operational order for the day gave no details of emergency response. The Match Commander had full view of the pens from the control box at the end of the terrace yet he failed to close the tunnel, as had been done by his predecessor in 1988. He then lied to the Chief Exec of the FA that Liverpool fans had broken down the gate and caused an ‘inrush’. This deceit was passed to the awaiting media as fans were dying in the pens … it was also given to the Prime Minister the following day. According to correspondence wuith her press secretary, the PM was told that a ‘mob, tanked up on drink’ had caused the disaster.

    Steven, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it is unacceptable to broadcast ill-informed opinion as fact when the evidence, amassed over years, has exposed your assertions as false. I feel that the least you might do is to retract.


    Professor Phil Scraton PhD
    Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    School of Law
    Queen’s University
    28 University Square
    Belfast BT7 1NN

  54. Dhruv Upadhyay

    April 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post, but Mr. Cohen likes to say a lot about the fact that the stadium showed no problems when Sheffield played there for years.

    I request you to watch this video:
    from the 1981 game played between Spurs and Wolves at Hillsborough.
    Forward to 8:32 – 9:15, look behind the Leppings Lane goal to the left.
    One of the reasons why no semi-finals were played at Hillsborough for another 6 years.

  55. Dhruv Upadhyay

    April 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Like everyone has previously mentioned, where do you get the the information about the following:

    1. Crowd control responsibility
    2. “6000-8000 Ticketless fans”

    Where do you get your facts about this, Mr Cohen. And before you start on about how Liverpool fans have always been involved in major instances of crowd violence, I would like to remind you of the HEAD-HUNTERS. I think you may know who they are, but it won’t be surprising if you were ignorant about them, like about most of the things you talk about. HEAD-HUNTERS were the HOOLIGAN firm of CHELSEA FC. And they had various cases filed against them. So please quit spewing anti-Liverpool stuff. And the hate mails you receive are a result of the LIES you speak.

    Justice for the 96!

  56. The Gaffer

    April 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Pakapala, sure it’s on iTunes or you can catch it on

    The Gaffer

  57. Pakapala

    April 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Where can one listen to the MLS Talk show. the link to your podcast above seem to be outdated.

  58. Rich

    April 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I would like to ask Steve if he actually checks his facts before spouting his lies?

    This “man” should never be allowed to work in football (soccer) again, and if this is the best person you can get to help grow the MLS, then you need to look around, someone in America knows their facts and wouldn’t be such a disgraceful human being.

    JFT 96

  59. AVR

    April 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm


    I’m appalled by this. I thought this was going to be the greatest show ever.

    The best American Soccer commentator doing a show with the most popular radio host in the country, someone who has brought the game to hundreds of thousands of people.

    Now all of a sudden we’ve been over run by Hillsborough. What happened there was terrible and Cohen should be forced to explain himself and why he has whacked view on the whole thing.


    This could be one the best shows ever on US Soccer with some good give and take between two people whose opinions may conflict but both are credible and trying to grow the game.

    Save the Hillsborough thing for another show, or an English show. Please stay focused on US related topics.

  60. Gaz

    April 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm



    Ask him where the “facts” are that say there was 6-8k ticket less fans outside of the stadium. Then perhaps point him to the true facts that says there weren’t a substantial amount of ticket less fans (in other words, less than 50 or so and unable to cause the kind of damage that happened) and that the stadium was actually, if anything, only over capacity by about 50 or so people. Then ask him to retract and apologize (remind him that he said on the radio that he would if he was wrong about the number).

    Ask him where the “facts” are that the stadium had no prior problems before that day. Then point him to the various incidents that did occur at the stadium (you partner, EPL Talk, has cited a few). Then ask him to retract and apologize.

  61. robert

    April 21, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    You are an absolute disgrace. YNWA 96

  62. Jerry

    April 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    So far, two thirds of the questions posted here, are about Mr. Cohen’s abhorrent views on the Hillsborough disaster.

    I hope you actually ask him one of these questions to his face Kartik.

  63. Darren Hough

    April 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    RE: Steven Cohen –

    So were the Jews also responsible for the holocaust?

    Try taking out of the equation the fact that these were Liverpool fans – just ordinary people that went to watch a football game but didn’t come home – 48 of the 96 under the age of 21 – mere children – also killed were fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters – still no truth or apology for the families or the misinformed like yourself –

    Obviously you haven’t been to many ‘real’ footy games – especially back in the 80’s when things were a lot different to what they are now –

    Without having to sit and tap out every instance of wrong doing on the part of Duckenfield (never policed a large footy game before) & a majority of the South Yorkshire Police (although some with hearts were fantastic) that day; why don’t you see for yourself – perhaps the next time you’re in the UK arrange for a trip to Sheffield and stand in front of gate C and tell me where you would have headed when the gates opened ? – it would have been really easy to post a dozen stewards directing traffic to the pens around to the outside of the Leppings Lane end; instead fans entering Gate C could see the pitch through the tunnel and took the closest route to the pitch – there might have even been better crowd control by police for fans coming in from Leppings Lane outside the ground to begin with instead of fans having to guess where they were supposed to go.

    Keep in mind that the police control room with CCTV was right above and to the side of those 2 pens – your telling me they couldn’t see what was happening ? The police froze, the fans had to carry the dying on billboards (carry them to nowhere because there was no help from authorities) and perform their own CPR for heavens sake – a police request for bolt cutters to open the gates onto the pitch went out at 3.10pm but all of the dead were dead by 3.15pm according to the inquest – come on!!!!!!!!!! You don’t see any wrongdoing there ??? read between the lines!!!!

    Your twisted logic seems to come either from a place of hatred or just a basic lack of knowledge – look at the facts, gain some insight, educate yourself, even if not for the families or the memory of the 96 but just for yourself – you may need it when looking for a new job –

    Where I live I have a choice of Setanta or Fox or just to watch my football on the web – as of today I have cancelled my cable subscription to Fox as well as my satellite subscription to Sirius Radio and urge every other forward thinking, truth seeking person (Liverpool fan or not) in the US to do the same – just as we did with the scum $ @ * newspaper – Nik Webster I thought you had more about yourself than to work with an idiot like this – grow some and give him a slap !!!!!!! Same goes for Fox & Sirius !!!!!

  64. Eoin OD

    April 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Can you please ask Mr. Cohen to explain his allegations that Liverpool fans showed up without tickets? I believe he said that:

    “People showing up without ticket, hell bent in getting into somewhere where they shouldn’t be going because they don’t have tickets, is the root cause.”
    “nobody discusses the 6-8,000 who showed up without tickets and my argument has always been, if those people don’t show up, this never happens.”

    Where has he gathered this information? does he have an old copy of the Sun from ’89 or has he some other informational system that he gets this data from? Please ask him if he has read the Justice Taylor report, and if he has, what is wrong with it, I mean it is very obviously wrong if 8,000 fans without tickets showing up was the reason for the disaster and not the reasons outlined in the report.

    Or is him spouting another ill-informed opinion that has become the norm for him and makes him a running joke for all ex-pat football fans in the US. I really feel sorry for the new US football fans who has this guy as their voice of football, it is shocking.

  65. Ralph Patterson

    April 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

    This has happened so often in the past with Mr Cohen that mere ignorance alone cannot explain his actions. Clearly he thinks it humourous to wind up decent people who have a perfectly genuine and real sense of grief, loss and injustice. It does not seem to matter that Lord Justice Taylor placed the blame fairly and squarely on the actions of South Yorkshire Police and stated that supporters were completely blameless on that day.

    Cohen’s nonsensical claptrap relating to Hillsborough is calculated only to give this talentless and witless individual the publicity that he would never receive if he had to rely on his rather limited abilities.

    Hopefully there will soon come a time when his employers tire of him.

  66. Ruairi

    April 21, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I would like Mr. Cohen to explain where exactly his hatred for Liverpool FC, fans, city and culture spawns from?? i see incoherent ramblings about the Hillsborough disaster as nothing but a vehicle for him to slander the people of Liverpool and attempt to dishonour the hillsborough victims and their families. He is nothing short of sick and depraved and the only worry i have is that he has an impressionable listening audience who if they didnt know any better listen and may believe his crazed uneducated rants. He is a vile piece of work and plays this up to suit his ego on an annual basis. I also must convey by surprise and disbelief that his employers have yet to take any stance whatsoever where his tirades are concerned. Personal opinion is one thing but what he states about Hillsborough have been disproven by the Taylor report something he continually chooses to ignore. Where will his next crusade take him to satisfy his mammoth ego i wonder? Maybe he will try to tell us there are no such thing as the ‘Chelsea Headhunters’

  67. ian

    April 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    You need to ask Steve if he has read the Taylor Report regarding the facts about the Hillsborough disaster. The Leppings Lane Stand was not full to capacity that day (Health and Safety Executive report ) Pens three and four were over crowded. So how did 8,000 fans without tickets get into the ground.

    The Leppings Lane was not a safe terrace. Hillsborough was prevented from holding semi-finals due to crushing at the ’81 Semi-Final.

    The FA allowed semi-finals to be held there again after the terrace was divided up in pens, problem was there was no safety certificate.

    The incompetence, lack of organizational skills of South Yorkshire Police led to the Hillsborough disaster.

  68. Tony

    April 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I’d like Mr. Cohen to tell us how he can live with himself perpetuating lies and hateful propoganda regarding the causes of the Hillsborough disaster. Contrary to all judicial findings, Liverpool fans have been exonerated and the blame laid squarely on the policing at Hillsborough. Is he worried about any FCC actions against his show for the lies he propogates, or for the fact that he insists, despite documented evidence to the contrary, that Hillsborough had never had any issues with crowd management. I’d like to ask Mr Cohen if he has no conscience at all in stating these lies, propogating his hatred, and criminally misinforming his audience. If following Liverpool were a belief system, such as the Jewish faith, for example, his persistent lies and distortions would be tantamount to a hate crime. Does he have any conscience about this?

  69. George

    April 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I would like to ask Steve one question.

    Why such hatred for anything Liverpool. Your comment last year about scousers being murders over the Heysel disaster now the lies about what happened at Hillsborough.Actually I have one more question. How much longer will you employer allow him to get away with it?

  70. sal

    April 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

    How easy it must be when you have such a great platform to make any bold statement – to you this is all probably great publicity – your comments regarding Liverpool fans without tickets at Hillsborough is certainly bold. I won’t start calling you names however I would like you to explain your evidence and reasons for believing this story of thousands of ticketless fans?

    Do you accept that you could actually be wrong, and in doing so admit that you are a sloppy pundit who fails to report with integrity – if the answer is yes, you should come and work for any newspaper in the UK?

  71. Andrew

    April 21, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I would like to ask Steven two questions:-

    1. Is he worried about possible legal action for the lies he continues to tell about the Hillsborough disaster?

    2. Could Steven please explain his stance on ticketless fans at Hillsborough? The offical government reports states that AT THE MOST there were 24 more fans than the offical capacity, how could a maximum of 24 ticketless fans result in so many deaths?

  72. Glen Monaghan

    April 21, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Steve Cohen, may you rot in hell for the mis-informed bile that you spew over the Hillsborough disaster. We have been fighting for 20 years against Kelvin McKenzie for the lies he told in the days following the tragedy, then 2 decades later along comes another fool who has either no concept of or forgotten what it was like travelling to football matches in the mid and 80’s.
    The conclusions you draw are taken from police statements, 180 of which had been changed, and I urge you to read “Hillsborough The Truth” by Prof Phil Scraton or speak to any of the fans who were involved and ask them what they think of your blinkered views. Gobshites like you do not deserve a public platform to speak on as there are thousands of innocent people who will believe you, and the damage that you are causing is probably both lasting and beyond repair.
    There was a ring of police a couple of hundred yards from the Hillsborough on the day in question and they were checking tickets, people who were not in possession of a valid ticket were not allowed near to the perimeter of the stadium which for me completely blows your argument away.
    Why don’t you bring your radio show to a Liverpool Supporters Union meeting where you can air your sad deluded views in public? Now that would be worth listening to!
    I hope and pray that the good people of California have a choice of what they can listen to when they need news coverage of the English Premier League and do not have to put up with your sycophantic drivel.

    I hope you managed to read the Brian Reade piece last week, but in case you missed it then here is the link…… READ IT AND WEEP

    As I said at the start ……ROT IN HELL

    Glen Monaghan. Liverpool, UK (I was getting crushed next to the gates when they were opened….. ticket in hand).

  73. Colin

    April 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I would ask Steven if he is ever going to stop perpetuating lies about the cause of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. I would also ask him weather he knows that these are lies, or if he is just perpetuating said lies for publicity. When will he get off of his high horse and realize that his hatred of all Scousers and seemingly crazed desire to smear them at all oppurtunitys is nothing short of racism.

  74. Colin

    April 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I would ask Steven if he is ever going to stop perpetuating lies about the cause of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. I would also ask him weather he knows that these are lies, or if he is just perpetuating said lies publicity. When will he get off of his high horse and realize that his hatred of all Scousers and seemingly crazed desire to smear them at all oppurtunitys is nothing short of racism.

  75. Northernlad

    April 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’d like to ask Steve when he’s going to quit his show?? The man is an absolute discgrace to Football and the human race. His allegations and lies regarding the 1989 Hillsborough disaster are completly out off line and irresponsible. He is the voice of the EPL and Chelsea Fc in North America, surely he should be educating new and old soccer fans around the U.S. on true Facts around the footballnig league and incidents.

    In respect for the 96 people who died on this day and Football itslef please stand down from your position!!!

    Never Forgotten……..96

  76. Paul

    April 20, 2009 at 8:35 am

    When did Steve decide to totally ignore a judicial ruling about the cause of the Hillsborough disaster and instead regurgitate lies? If he is truly an avid supporter of football doesn’t he think he has a duty to his listeners to make sure he is a bit more informed about that fateful day so enabling him to deliver a more factual opinion instead of resorting to the ‘gutter radio’ he now seems to employ every time somebody is stupid enough to put a microphone in his face! please ask him to stop perpetuating the myth that has been smeared at survivors like myself and do the decent thing, RESEARCH!

  77. Matt

    April 20, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I’d like to ask Steve Cohen when he is going to stop trampling all over the memory of the 96 men, women and children who died at the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989. That he continues to peddle lies and misinformation about the causes of the disaster is beyond distasteful – the facts are well established and have been for many years (and bear no resemblance whatsoever to Cohen’s ‘version of events’). He is clearly allowing club loyalties to get in the way of basic human decency and is either too blinkered, arrogant or ignorant to investigate the facts for himself – would be a good place to start.

  78. Derek

    April 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I do give Steven credit for talking with Kartik since they do have different views and, in my opinion, different audiences of soccer they talk/communicate with.

  79. Derek

    April 19, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Comment: I stopped listening to WSD over a year ago because of the MLS hatred and it is nice to know that he is offering some MLS coverage but I feel his feelings have not change. I’m a Arsenal supporter but I love MLS and support the Fire here at home.

    Question: Do you really want MLS to reach to the “rare air” of the EPL or do you want it to remain a “Mickey Mouse” league?

  80. Chris B

    April 18, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Sorry one more.

    What is your opinion on the Euro-snob? Are Americans who follow European soccer only and not MLS, tits on a bull (as I believe) in developing the US as a soccer nation?

  81. kyle

    April 18, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Please ask Mr.Cohen who he thinks the top five USMNT players are (keepers not included.)

    Also I would like to know what he thinks about the USMNT under Bob Bradley and how he thinks we will do at the Confederations Cup.

  82. Chris B

    April 18, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I really do love the show Steve…..

    1. your more focused attention on MLS due to listener demand or is just to quiet the people who complain you bash and ignore MLS?

    2. As a fan of both EPL and MLS, I find that most AMERICANS who comment on your show about MLS are 1) ignorant about MLS and obviously have never been to a game and 2) are only fans of the top four in the EPL or at least only know the EPL. . I say this because I hear Americans bashing the league with comments that are false but you and Kenny do not realize that what is being said is false.My question is(and not a bitch but an observation) do you feel that your and kenny’s lack of knowledge about MLS (compared to EPL) allows the culture of ignorant bashing of MLS on your show by Americans?

    I realize the league is far from perfect but for a 14 year old league it is pretty entertaining.

  83. Lars

    April 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Ask Mr. Cohen how he expects anyone to show up (or watch on TV if MLS somehow gets a tv contract during this period) on a winter schedule, not because of the weather, but because of the existence of NBA, NHL and of course, the two big ones, NFL and NCAA Div 1 football.

  84. EPLNFL

    April 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Please ask Mr. Cohen if one of the missions of his show is to promote soccer in America. Does he feel that his shows should properly provide a platform for the expansion of soccer in America,or is the show designed to appeal to the large interest in European leagues in America.

    Second, what can MLS do in the short term to improve the quality of the league.

    Third, and I am making no personal attack but Mr. Cohen has advocated a European like schedule for MLS. It would appear to me that anyone who supports such a schedule is unfamiliar with the severity of the weather in the the majority of the US during the winter months with heavy snow and extreme cold in many MLS cities.

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