Liverpool fans have been widely condemned for booing the national anthem at Sunday’s FA Cup final – and Southampton had their own unique way of having a dig at the criticized section of supporters.
Reds fans have a history of rejecting ‘God Save the Queen’ being played at matches, with dislike for the song originating from their discontent with the UK government in the 1980s.
After the booing happened again on Sunday’s trip to Wembley, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opted to be open minded about his supporters’ decision.
“Of course I have thoughts but I think in these situations it’s best to ask the question: why does it happen?” he said.
“They would not do if there was no reason. “I’ve not been here long enough to understand the reason for it – it’s for sure something historical – and that’s probably questions you can answer much better than I could ever.”
UFC star, and diehard Liverpool fan, Paddy Pimblett also hit back of the criticism of his fellow Reds, saying people ‘know exactly why’ they boo the English national anthem, and largely reject ‘Englishness’ in general.
Klopp’s side traveled to St. Mary’s on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t long into the first-half that those in the home end started taunting the visiting fans, singing their own rendition of the anthem as they went 1-0 up.
And as the half-time whistle blew at 1-1, those in charge of the Saints PA system decided to poke some more fun at those in the away end in their own clever way.
Rather than going down the obvious route of playing the original, the Southampton music team decided to play the Sex Pistols’ version of ‘God Save the Queen’.
Following that, ‘Two Princes’ by the Spin Doctors was blasted through the tannoy system, making a reference to the presence of Prince William at Sunday’s game.
Although, with Johnny Rotten blasting out the punk anthem, ‘God save the Queen, a fascist regime’, perhaps the Southampton DJ was in fact showing solidarity with the traveling Liverpool support.
The Reds won’t be allowed to forget about their controversial booing for a while.
But, at least Klopp’s side had the last laugh on the night by taking all three points back to Merseyside…
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