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Manchester City face no action over 'Allez' chant

Goal.com logo Goal.com 4 days ago Dom Farrell
a black sign with white text: Manchester City's Etihad Stadium © Getty Images Manchester City's Etihad Stadium

Manchester City will not face any action from the Football Association (FA) in relation to a video of a song sung on their team flight back from Brighton on Sunday.

City secured back-to-back Premier League titles with a 4-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion, pipping Liverpool to top spot by a point.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Bernardo Fernandes da Silva of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images) © 2019 Manchester City FC BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Bernardo Fernandes da Silva of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

A video circulated on social media on Tuesday appeared to show City employees on the plane after the match singing an alternative and anti-Liverpool version of the Reds faithful's 'Allez, Allez, Allez' chant.

Omnisport understands City's staff and players – some of whom were visible in the clip – will not be reprimanded by the FA as none of its rules and regulations have been breached.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the match Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by  John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) © EMPICS Sport Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the match Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) The words of the song refer to Liverpool fans getting "battered in the streets".

Although their trip to Kiev for last season's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid is also referenced, it had been suggested that element was a distasteful reference to Sean Cox – the Liverpool supporter who suffered life-changing injuries after being attacked by an Italian man before the semi-final first leg with Roma at Anfield.

Manchester City players celebrate with the cup  Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by  John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) © EMPICS Sport Manchester City players celebrate with the cup Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) Another line, which calls Reds' fans "victims of it all" had been interpreted in some quarters as a mocking nod towards the Hillsborough disaster.

City issued a statement to dismiss such claims as baseless, insisting the chant only relates to Liverpool's 3-1 loss to Madrid.

Manchester City players celebrate their win Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by  John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) © EMPICS Sport Manchester City players celebrate their win Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League - AMEX Stadium 12-05-2019 . (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) "The song in question, which has been a regular chant during the 2018-19 season, refers to the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kiev," a City spokesperson said.

"Any suggestion that the lyrics relate to Sean Cox or the Hillsborough tragedy is entirely without foundation."

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