During this weekend’s Premier League round, the United Kingdom anthem – God Save the King – was played in all stadiums before kick-off. However, the jingle didn’t find much favour at Anfield Road, where it was booed by the home fans in the duel with Brentford.
6. may was a spectacular day for the British Empire. That Saturday was the coronation of the new King Charles III, who succeeded the late Queen Elizabeth II.
As part of this momentous occasion, all clubs have been advised by Premier League management to play the National Anthem before kick-off of matches played on 6 May. This was done.
However, the jingle did not gain much favour at Anfield Road, where it was booed by the home fans. The noise from the disgruntled Reds supporters was so loud that the jingle could barely be heard.
However, the incident was not an isolated one. In fact, booing for the anthem is a regular occurrence in Liverpool, and this Saturday in May was no exception. Besides, there was an insulting shout at the royal family asking them to feed the poor.
However, this is not just a direct protest against individual members of the Royal Family. In Liverpool they are expressing their opposition to the government by booing and whistling the national anthem. This ‘tradition’ began in the 1980s.
It was caused by the government of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who failed to provide economic aid to the heart of English industry during a period of high unemployment and crisis.
Hate relations were further inflamed by the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. Here 96 fans were trampled to death in the stadium and the then government politician Irvine Patnick blamed the incident, albeit wrongly, on Reds fans.
So hatred of the main executive has long been entrenched in Liverpool. The people of the city feel betrayed by their own country. They regularly boo the national anthem as the main symbol of the country.
Sources: Twitter, iRozhlas
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