Liverpool and Ajax match: Why do some people fear the silence of the fans over Queen Elizabeth?



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Liverpool They face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, but the prominent question to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp before this match was not about him. Bad team levelwas whether fans would respect a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II.

Asked about the club’s request for a minute’s silence before the match, Klopp said: “Yes, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“But I don’t think our people need any kind of advice from me to show respect.”

The German referred to the union of his team’s fans with the Manchester United fans at Anfield last season in support of him Cristiano Ronaldo and his family after the death of his child.

“There have been so many examples where our staff have shown just the right respect,” Klopp added.

“One of the things that surprised me, and I was really proud of that moment, was last year when we played Manchester United about the very sad situation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s family, and that’s what I expect.

“For me, that’s clearly what we have to do. That’s it.”

But why was Klopp asked if he hoped Anfield would honor the honor – which the club itself had asked for?

In May, some Liverpool fans booed while singing “Stay With Me” and “God Save the Queen” before last season. FA Cup Final in Wembley. They also booed Prince William when he appeared on the field.

The UK Prime Minister at the time, Boris Johnson, condemned those who booed.

After that match, Klopp said booing the English national anthem was “not something I enjoyed” but also said: “It’s always better to ask, ‘Why is this happening? “They won’t do it without reason.”

The fans’ reaction to the FA Cup Final has become headlines in the UK. But it wasn’t the first time this had happened.

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the 2022 FA Cup.

Fans had the same reaction to the national anthem in the Carabao Cup final in February – and in the 2012 FA Cup final. It’s how some club supporters express their opposition to the founding, and it’s an opportunity to do so in front of a global audience.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside in May, John Gibbons of Liverpool fan podcast Anfield wrap He said: “It is something that Liverpool fans feel very strongly about. It is a city that wants to speak out about the way we think this country should be and how we should live in a more just society.”

Liverpool was a city who suffered especially During the deindustrialization of the UK economy in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1981, appalling economic conditions, along with tensions between the police and the Afro-Caribbean community, led to nine days of riots in the city.

In the wake of the Troubles, Margaret Thatcher’s government spoke of the city’s “orderly decline”.

During this decade of Conservative rule, Liverpool’s followers came to see themselves as outsiders, separated from the rest of the country, and to treat the state with Hillsborough disaster In 1989 those anti-establishment sentiments took root.

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The booing of the national anthem at football matches when the team played at Wembley – which was frequent given Liverpool’s dominance of English football in this era – was widespread and remains so today. The reaction in the English media is still shocking.

The United Kingdom is once again in an era when millions of people in the United Kingdom are either experiencing economic hardship or facing the prospect of what is described as The “cost of living” crisis this winter.

Social and economic inequality is something that continues to anger many in the left-leaning city. It is worth noting that it was Liverpool and Everton supporters who started the Fan Support Food Banks in 2015, an initiative aimed at tackling food poverty in the UK.

In the same interview in May, Gibbons said: “Maybe, come to Liverpool and talk to people and visit food banks and see how some people in this city suffer.”

According to journalist Tony Evans, in the 1965 FA Cup Final, Liverpool fans began singing “God save our team”, and by the 1970s, “the boos were increasing”.

“Now, it’s a well-established tradition at Wembley,” he wrote earlier this year.

That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean fans will scoff at Tuesday night’s silence to honor Queen Elizabeth at Anfield.

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