Prince William is BOOED by Wembley crowd during the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea
- The Duke of Cambridge appeared to be heavily booed before the FA Cup final
- He met both sets of players before the match, with the boos making a backdrop
- It is unclear which fans booed, though observers said it was mostly Liverpool’s
Thousands of football fans appeared to boo Prince William ahead of the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley this afternoon.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the FA, met with both sets of players ahead of kick-off.
However, boos could be heard as William made his way across the pitch.
The booing seemed to increase during a rendition of FA Cup theme Abide With Me and then again when God Save the Queen was sung.
It is unclear if both sets of fans were booing, though observers reported many of them came from the Liverpool fans.
Prince William, who is the president of the FA, met with both sets of players ahead of kick-off
There were also reports of Liverpool fans booing the national anthem earlier this year when they played against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.
Fans took to Twitter to slam the booing.
One said: ‘Liverpool booing the National Anthem. Doing Merseyside no favours.’
Another said: ‘No allegiance to either but Liverpool can do one, their fans booing Prince William then our national anthem, what’s that about?’
A third said: ‘Liverpool fans once again booing the national anthem, disgusting fan base.’
The booing of the anthem is thought to be a tradition for Liverpool supporters, one that dates back to the 1980s.
It is thought to be linked to opposition to the Conservative government of that era, as well as anger at the fallout of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Omid Scobie, a close friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, tweeted: ‘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.’
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during The FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool
The booing seemed to increase during a rendition of FA Cup theme Abide With Me and then again when God Save the Queen was sung
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously been asked about the booing of the anthem from his team’s fans.
He said in 2019: ‘I don’t think I’m the right person (to ask), I know a bit about the history but it’s not for me to judge.
‘I know the Liverpool supporters are respectful. If they give that sign the reason might be a bit in the past. But I’ve nothing else to say about that.’
Liverpool ignored the furore to go on and win the match on penalties.
Prince William later gave out the medals after the match, with no more boos reported.
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