Today, Downing Street beat Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in defense of fans who whistled the anthem in the FA Cup final.
Liverpool boss Klopp seemed to justify the actions of the fans, describing them as “excellent” and suggested that there may be historical “reasons” for their ridicule.
And today the German manager went even further with his comments, telling reporters at a pre-match press conference that the club’s fans “would not whistle if there were no reasons.”
But moments later Downing Street joined the condemnation of whiskey and seemed to rip off Liverpool boss comments.
Asked at a briefing whether Liverpool fans had a reason to sing the anthem, a spokesman for the prime minister said no.
The spokesman added that it was “a great shame”, given that the FA Cup was to “unite people”.
The response of some Red fans before the start on Saturday caused widespread outrage when bullying was heard around Wembley Stadium. Prince Williamwho is the president of the football association, greeted the players.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defends the Reds fans who whistled the anthem
Fans gestured and obscenely gestured with their hands, and the Duke of Cambridge stood and sang God save the queen.
Klopp, who spoke to the media ahead of Liverpool’s upcoming Premier League match this week, called the club’s fans “excellent” and said they would not cover “for no reason”.
On Monday, he said: “Sure, I have thoughts, but I think in such situations it’s best to ask the question: why is this happening?
“They wouldn’t have done it if there was no reason. I haven’t been here long enough to understand the reason for this – it’s definitely something historical – and these are probably questions you can answer much better than I could ever.
“Most of our fans are great people. Really smart, going through ups and downs. They wouldn’t do it for no reason. “
The ridicule began during the performance of the Christian hymn Abide With Me by the B Positive Choir of 60 people, members of which have sickle cell disease or close friends or family suffering from it.
It erupted again when Prince William was introduced to the crowd and began to shake hands with the players. Whistles and taunts reached their peak during the National Anthem.
One Liverpool fan went on Twitter to cut off fans who whistled before the start, and asked Klopp to “shut it down in its infancy”.
Former Crystal Palace chairman and now expert Simon Jordan has suffered from treatment, some Liverpool fans have said talk SPORTS: “There is no need for that, I don’t think this is a culture we should promote in this country.
“I think it’s the wrong spirit and temperament and I don’t think anyone with a smart mindset will think that the future King of England – you see him on the front pages of newspapers when he visited that beautiful lady who is dying of cancer and gives her the championship, and here is the King we may have, and the people sit here and shout.
“You have to be a special moron to whistle the anthem. I can’t relate to that. If I could relate to this, I would feel it was a greater tragedy, because if I could relate to this kind of behavior, I would have the same problem as them. I can’t relate to that.
One Liverpool fan tweeted to crack down on fans who whistled, asking Klopp to “shut it down in its infancy”
“I don’t see, no matter how offended you are in what country you live in, the argument that one way or another, because in this climate there are difficulties, we are all going through hard times, the cost of living crisis, you are whistling the anthem, so that you don’t like the government. ”
However, Klopp’s comments differed, and many Liverpool fans rallied behind him. One said, “Love it. They expected him to throw our fans under the bus. Great answer tbh. ‘
Meanwhile, another added on social media: “This man was created for this football club and its people.”
Conor O’Neill, a football writer for the Liverpool Echo, said Liverpool fans were “well known” for whistling, save the Queen at Wembley, and said the reasons stemmed from the city’s antipathy to Tory government Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. .
He said: “The” controlled decline “of the city by the Conservative government was followed by the failure of the government after the Hillsborough disaster, which further strengthened these feelings.”
In Klopp’s comments, opinions differed, and many Liverpool fans supported him.
There were also reports that fans whistled the anthem earlier this year when Liverpool played Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, which was also held at Wembley.
The performance of thousands of fans over the weekend was condemned by the entire political spectrum.
Commons spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “I strongly condemn all the fans who whistled at Prince William today at Wembley.
“The FA Cup final should be an occasion when we come together as a country. It should not be spoiled by the completely shameful behavior of a minority of fans. This year of all years – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – it’s awful. “
Prince William, who is the president of the FA, met with both groups of players before the start
Tory MP and former Minister of Culture Karen Bradley said: “It is absolutely unacceptable and shameful that fans whistled at Prince William. I would urge the FA to take all necessary measures and prosecute the perpetrators. “
Sir Ed Davy, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “We have the most magnificent monarch, and those fans who have whistled do not represent either their clubs or our country.”
Former Royal BBC correspondent Michael Cole described the announcement as “shameful and pathetic” and called on the Football Association to take action.
He also criticized the BBC’s football commentators for not even mentioning the “disgusting behavior” of Liverpool fans.
Talking to The Post on Sunday, the broadcaster – who had more than 25 years of experience with the BBC – said: “There is no excuse for such behavior. I have been a football fan for 67 years and have never heard of such a thing.
“We don’t want hypocrisy in this country, but we want respect. And the head of state deserves respect.
“The Queen deserves respect, especially at the age of 96, when the whole world celebrated the fact that after she was unable to attend the opening of Parliament, she was at least able to go to the Royal Windsor Equestrian Show yesterday. So these are bad manners.
Reds boss Klopp said fans would not whistle at Prince William, FA president, “for no reason”
Sally Bedel Smith, who wrote the biography of the best-selling queen, criticized the scream as “really inappropriate” and said William would consider the blast “very alarming.”
She added: “George V and Queen Mary went to Wembley for the FA Cup final, so the tradition goes back to the end.
“Prince William is the head of the FA and just wants to do good sports. It’s really unsportsmanlike on their part. Maybe they have their own agenda, but I think they can put it in their pocket, especially this anniversary year.
Left-wing trade unionist Howard Beckett, who last year became Unite’s secretary general before leaving, praised Liverpool fans for “abandoning blind patriotism and the establishment”, adding that the blast was “pure quality from socialist fans”.
But he was convicted of commenting on Twitter. Paul Embry, a firefighter and fellow union activist, said: “This guy was within one of the leading second largest unions in Britain. Thank God he failed. ”
The whistle seemed to intensify during the performance of the English Cup theme “Be with me” and then again when they sang God Save the Queen
The German-born bedbug had previously declined to comment on the fact that fans of his club were whistling the national anthem.
In 2019, he said, “I don’t think I’m that person [to ask]I know a little about history, but I don’t judge. “
Following the match that Liverpool won after a tense penalty shootout, Prince William handed out medals to the winning team. There was no more screaming.
The controversy arose the day after Prince William personally handed the cancer patient to Deborah James before sharing it with her and her family’s afternoon tea and champagne.
Fans also turned to Twitter to shut down the sound. One said: “Liverpool is whistling an anthem. No services at Merseyside.
Another said: “No devotion to anyone but Liverpool can do that, their fans are whistling to Prince William and then our national anthem, what is it about?”
A third said: “Liverpool fans are whistling the national anthem again, a disgusting fan base.”