Alan Davies gets death threats from Liverpool fans for Hillsborough jibes
Comedian Alan Davies says Liverpool's tradition of not playing on 15 April 'gets on my tits'
COMEDIAN Alan Davies has received death threats after mocking Liverpool FC's traditional refusal to play on 15 April, the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster when 96 people were killed at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
The Arsenal podcast, The Tuesday Club, introduced a discussion about the Reds by saying, "Let's laugh at Liverpool for a bit", before Davies gave a big sigh and offered his thoughts on the way the club marks the tragedy.
"It gets on my tits, that shit. What are you talking about you can't play on the 15th? Why can't they?" he asked.
Davies went on to do an impression of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, according to the Daily Mail.
"Every interview Dalglish has given this season it looks like he wants to head butt the interviewer," said Davies. "His tight mouth, furious frowning, leaning forward, bitter Glaswegian ranting, 'Liverpool FC do not play on 15th. We never have played on April 15th,'" said Davies, excusing his poor attempt at a Scottish accent by explaining, "I can't do it because I hate him."
Davies says he has received death threats on Twitter following the podcast's release. He re-tweeted messages from ill-wishers, including one sent in the early hours of this morning that said: "Absolutely shocking comments from you all respect lost C*** just try going to Liverpool now you will f***ing die."
The comedian said he had made a donation to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, reportedly £1,000, and admitted he had taken "the wrong tone" during the podcast.
However, Davies tweeted that he would not apologise for "PR purposes" and defended the broadcast's content as being the result of "an unscripted podcast".
He said: "I agree there must be a full inquiry into Hillsborough but not playing on the 15th doesn't change anything."