Liverpool fans re-booed the national anthem ahead of the Community Shield – months after they were condemned for doing so in the FA Cup final – as fans labeled them ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgraceful’.
- Liverpool fans sing the national anthem in front of the Community Shield
- He did the same in the FA Cup final against Chelsea earlier this year
- Jurgen Klopp defends fans’ actions at the time, calls Reds fans ‘amazing’
- Fans have criticized Booing, with one saying ‘you don’t do us any favors’
Twitter came alive on Saturday after Liverpool fans once again cheered for the national anthem ahead of their Community Shield 3-1 win over Manchester City.
The traditional rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ was mocked and followed by a chant of ‘F*** the Tories’ from the Liverpool end.
It follows a similar reaction ahead of last season’s FA Cup final, when fans booed as Prince William met Chelsea and Liverpool players on the pitch.
And those on Twitter were quick to call out Liverpool fans who were again involved in booing.
‘Liverpool fans here. To be honest, it’s a shame to boo my own national anthem,’ tweeted a fan.
‘Don’t sing it if you don’t want to. But don’t disrespect it. This bullshit is why we cling to everyone so much. You don’t do us any favors.’
Another posted similar sentiments: ‘Why would you even smell the national anthem Liverpool fans?!!! Offensive.’
Liverpool fans cheer for the national anthem ahead of their Community Shield win
Twitter Was Quick To Respond To The Boo In The Community Shield On Saturday
Others focused on the experience of the singer of the anthem, as one fan noted: ‘So Liverpool players do an anti-sexism ad and their fans mercilessly call a young girl singing the anthem.’
The chanting of the national anthem is nothing new for Liverpool fans, having been around since the 1980s, when it was seen as a protest against Margaret Thatcher’s treatment of the city.
Reds fans’ disdain for the establishment was also the result of a cover-up in the Hillsborough disaster, where a crush at Sheffield’s stadium during an FA Cup semi-final match in 1989 killed 97 people.
When fans booed at the FA Cup final earlier this year, manager Jurgen Klopp defended the Anfield faithful after the game, saying: ‘If there was no reason they wouldn’t have done it. I haven’t been here long enough to understand the reason for this – it’s definitely something historical – and perhaps these are questions you can answer better than ever.
‘Most of our supporters are wonderful people. Really smart, go through the low and high. They don’t do it without reason.’
His comments were poorly received in Downing Street, with a spokesman for the prime minister calling Boos a ‘big shame’ because the FA Cup was about to ‘bring people together’.
There were also some who shared Klopp’s sentiments on Saturday, with a tweet that read: ‘Those moaning about why Liverpool fans smell the national anthem should find out why they do it. Huh.’
Jurgen Klopp defends fans after cheering for the national anthem ahead of FA Cup final
There were mixed reactions, but most fans condemned the booing.