Fox Football Fone-in Fire Host After Liverpool Fans Campaign
Steven Cohen has been removed as co-host of Fox Soccer Channel’s Fox Football Fone-in. Former USA international Eric Wynalda will replace him and co-host the show with Nick Webster.
Cohen had been at the centre of controversy after remarks he made about the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, which took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.
His remarks instigated a boycott of the show’s sponsors by a group of Liverpool fans in New York City, which had attracted a great deal of support from the public, and nervousness among Cohen’s sponsors, who had begun to withdraw sponsorship of the show.
Dermot McQuarrie, FSC’s senior VP of Programming and Production, while not addressing Cohen’s dismissal said, “Fox Football Fone-in has been an entertaining forum for true soccer enthusiasts for the last five years. Eric’s experiences will bring a fresh outlook to the show, invigorating the dialogue with our most passionate viewers.”
Wynalda played 106 times for the US National side, scoring a then record 34 goals. In 2007, Landon Donovan surpassed that record when he scored against Mexico from the penalty spot.
Conor Brennan, Co-ordinator of the LFCNY campaign against Steven Cohen, and VP of LFCNY, the fan group who started the boycott was pleased but emphasised the campaign was far from over, “The LFCNY and so many Liverpool fans across North America and the world over have worked tirelessly to get to this point, but the battle is far from over. Steven Cohen has been removed from TV. He now must be removed from satellite radio and we call on Sirius/XM to follow the lead of FSC to cancel its contract with him.”
Wynalda also would not comment on Cohen or the Liverpool controversy.
Liverpool FC Enter Cohen Controversy – May 21
Cohen Releases Public Apology – May 18
“We Want Him off the Air“- May 13