Liverpool fans made headlines for booing Prince William and the national anthem before their FA Cup triumph over Chelsea on Saturday.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, shook hands with the two sets of players before kick-off at Wembley.
However, when he was introduced by the stadium announcer, he was met with loud boos from the Liverpool fans.
Minutes later, the same supporters booed during the national anthem as well as the traditional ‘Abide With Me
An unexpected moment at today’s #FACupFinal, where Liverpool fans booed Prince William and National Anthem. My understanding (correct me if I’m wrong, Twitter) is that it’s still felt there was an establishment cover-up over the Hillsborough disaster and getting justice for it. pic.twitter.com/uFLAJEJp30
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National Anthem booed at FA Cup Final pic.twitter.com/i5hfPPWR7m
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The front page of the Daily Mail on Sunday ran with the headline: “Anger as Liverpool cup final fans boo William.”
If you want to learn more about why Liverpool boo the national anthem, this article from the Liverpool Echo goes some way to explain it.
On Monday, manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about the actions of Liverpool supporters to which he replied: “In this situation, it’s best to ask the question, why does it happen? I know our people that well, that they wouldn’t do it if there’s no reason for it.
“The majority of our supporters are wonderful people, really smart, go through lows, go through highs, suffer together. They wouldn’t do it if there would not be a reason, that’s what I know. Maybe we should ask this question.”
Check out his reaction to the question below:
VIDEO: Klopp’s reaction to Liverpool fans booing national anthem
🗣 “They wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t a reason.”
Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool fans booing the national anthem at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/Tj27urEDH6
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 16, 2022
Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s spokesman Sir Lindsay Hoyle criticised the supporters who decided boo the anthem, but Jurgen Klopp stood by them in his press conference prior the game with Southampton on Tuesday.
“Of course I have thoughts, but in these situations, it’s best to ask the question: ‘why does this happen?’,” Klopp said on Monday.
“I know our people that well that they wouldn’t do it if there was no reason for it.
“I’m not here long enough to understand the reason for it – it’s something historical and probably a question you [the media] can answer much better than I ever could.
“Our fans, and I know some fans from other clubs see this slightly differently, are wonderful people.
“[They are] really smart, go through lows, go through highs, suffer together. They wouldn’t do it if there was not a reason, that’s what I know. Maybe we should ask this question.”
Unhappy for the boos
Sir Lindsay Hoyle had previously expressed his unease with the way Prince William was welcomed by part of the fans at Wembley.
“I utterly condemn any fans who booed Prince William at Wembley today,” said Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
“The FA Cup final should be an occasion when we come together as a country. It should not be ruined by a minority of fans’ totally shameful behaviour. In this year of all years – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – this is dreadful.”
The Hillsborough tragedy
As many as 97 people were killed in the semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool on 15 April 1989, at Hillsborough in Sheffield.
That tragedy that was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the relationship between the Reds’ fans and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party, since Liverpool citizens were opposed to the party for the way they had been treated.
Johnson had previously offended the city of Liverpool by referring to Ken Bigley, a civil engineer who was beheaded in Iraq by Islamic extremists.
“The extreme reaction to Mr Bigley’s murder is fed by the fact that he was a Liverpudlian,” he wrote on The Spectator in the past.