Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Man U's Eric Cantona makes peace with Liverpool

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Mick Jones (The Clash) and his Justice Tonight band (with Peter Wyllie and The Farm) was formed to raise awareness on the fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 during a human crush, in the worst soccer tragedy in British history. During a June 25 show in Lyon, France , the band (opening for the Stone Roses) had a surprising guest onstage: Liverpool FC's archenemy Éric Cantona, former star of Manchester United.

If you don't know who Cantona is, take a look at this.

Besides his temper on and off the field, the no-bullshit Frenchman was chosen as the greatest Manchester United player by Inside United magazine for things like this.

Cantona singing for Liverpool fans is no small thing: Liverpool and Manchester United are like the Lakers and the Celtics, the Yankees and the Red Sox. Not only that: Cantona is particularly hated by Liverpool fans for scoring against them in the 1996 FA Cup.

But when 96 people die, rivalries don't matter. "I fully support the campaign for justice," he said after the concert.

Once he retired from soccer, Cantona found fame in movies like Ken Loach's Looking for Eric.

Cantona is now the Director of Soccer for the revamped New York Cosmos, of which Pelé is its honorary president.

— Enrique Lopetegui

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