Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool fans would not have booed the national anthem or the Duke of Cambridge at the FA Cup final “if there had been no reason”.
ome Reds supporters controversially sneered as “God Save The Queen” was sung and William, the President of the Football Association, was introduced to the players ahead of Saturday’s spectacle against Chelsea at Wembley.
There were also boos from Liverpool fans as ‘Abide With Me’, the traditional cup final anthem, was sung.
Liverpool manager Klopp admitted he did not enjoy the boos but did not condemn them when asked for his thoughts at a press conference on Monday.
The German said: “Of course I’m concerned, but I think in situations like this it’s always best to ask the question, ‘Why is this happening?
“I know our people so well that they wouldn’t do it if there was no reason to. I haven’t been here long enough to understand why – it’s certainly something historical – and these are probably questions you can answer far better than I ever could.
“The majority of our supporters are wonderful people, really smart. They understand, go through lows, go through highs, suffer together.
“You wouldn’t do it if there was no reason. I know that. I didn’t enjoy it, but that’s (my) answer.”
The boos were condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Asked if the PM thought there was ever a reason to boo the national anthem, his official spokesman said: “No. Obviously what happened over the weekend was a great shame as we were celebrating 150 years of the FA Cup, an event that brings people together that a small minority chose to act in this way.”
Liverpool won the trophy on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra time.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/jurgen-klopp-defends-liverpool-fans-booing-of-british-national-anthem-at-fa-cup-final-41655430.html Jurgen Klopp defends the booing of the British national anthem by Liverpool fans at the FA Cup final