Cantona laughed, said he didn't kick Simmons hard enough and his only regret was that it cost his team a title. And completely ignored that Paul Nixon, a Crystal Palace fan, was stabbed, beaten with bricks, run over by a coach and died in fights with ManU fans in a cup tie just 3 months later, in the wake of the hostility created by that Selhurst Park moment.
It's time for the Cantona love in to stop. It's time for some journalist, anyone, to ask him if he has ever thought about the family Paul Nixon left behind.
Oh I agree, I'm not saying they should accept blame, I'm saying that they should show respect and not airbrush Paul Nixon out completely. The reaction of player and club remains incredibly crass to this day.
Mindless thugs will do what mindless thugs do regardless of prior events
Have to say though the fact that poor man has almost been totally airbrushed form history is very sad, i had absolutely no idea about those events.
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Got to question why I don’t remember this and the only thing I can think is because it wasn’t widely reported, mmm would that be that the media have this massive love in with this club. The Cantona event appears on many football related shows and is now treated as a bit of a joke event and that Cantona is somewhat of a “hero” partly for doing it but they never ever mention that the guy died a few months later, at the hands of this clubs supporters.
I’d go further in the fact that the media jump over any clubs fans that sing songs or aim venom about the Munich Air-crash but never mention how vile their fans are to others and this is just another example of the media bias.
He had no connection with the tragedy and cannot be held in any way responsible.
I've never heard such nonsense in all of my life!
Can you imagine the reaction if it had been Leeds?
I'm not sure where the confusion arises. I never suggested Cantona was responsible for the murder. I simply think it's completely disrespectful that this incident is analysed over and over again and now it's this giggling "I didn't hit him hard enough" without even a passing reference to the fallout. I'm not assigning guilt, I'm asking for respect.
https://theathletic.com/1542276/2020/01 ... aul-nixon/
https://www.atthematch.com/article/twen ... ng-fu-kick
There had been no history of issues between the clubs before Cantona's kick, Just 3 months later ManU fans ambushed Palace fans and Nixon was stabbed and beaten to death.